I want to go outside.

Do we say

(a) Ich will nach draußen gehen.

(b) Ich will zu draußen gehen.

or others?

  • I believe A is the right one
    – thekeyofgb
    Jan 19, 2014 at 20:59

1 Answer 1


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.

  • 1
    Are you Swiss, @Emanuel? Because otherwise it's "draußen", and not "draussen".
    – elena
    Jan 20, 2014 at 12:21
  • @Elena... not Swiss... just ignorant :)
    – Emanuel
    Jan 20, 2014 at 13:57

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