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I want to go outside.

Do we say

(a) Ich will nach draußen gehen.

(b) Ich will zu draußen gehen.

or others?

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I believe A is the right one –  thekeyofgb Jan 19 at 20:59

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It is

Ich will nach draussen gehen.

All those preposition based locational adverbs work that way... drin, links, rechts, oben, unten etc.

Or a shorter version is:

Ich will rausgehen/raus gehen.

If you're talking about going for a walk or get some fresh air, then this would be the more idiomatic choice. The first one is more suitable if you're talking about the outside of a particular venue.

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Are you Swiss, @Emanuel? Because otherwise it's "draußen", and not "draussen". –  elena Jan 20 at 12:21
    
@Elena... not Swiss... just ignorant :) –  Emanuel Jan 20 at 13:57

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