Translation:I go out to the town on Sunday.
To me, this sentence implies that the person is going out on a specific Sunday. I think it's the に (ni) that follows 日曜日 (nichiyoubi).
Someone better than me at Japanese grammar care to explain whether or not this can mean "Sundays"?
(Edit: Someone pointed out in another thread that に is usually used for a specific day and は is usually used to talk about a habit, but they can both be correct in either situation.)
It can mean both. Note the tense changes.
I go to the town on Sundays. （毎週の日曜日に町に出掛けます）
I will go to the town on this Sunday.（今度の日曜日に町に出掛けます）
And I definitely think that "I go out to the town on Sunday" is bad English. Either "I will go/am going" or change the end to "Sundays."
Yeah, I agree that the future tense is more appropriate in this case. But I still don't know that I agree that this can translate as "Sundays". You've modified "nichiyoubi" in your "Sundays" example to be "every week Sunday" (horrible English sorry, but you know what I mean...)
I could be completely wrong to be honest, but no matter how many times I repeat this sentence in my head it does not sound like a habitual action.
The extra wordings in my examples I gave can be omitted and the sentences become the one above if the context is clear. Maybe take the following example
Also I googled some of the usages (look for the title) -
The funny thing is I'm reading that as "we open on the fourth Sunday of each month"... But thanks for the great links and for indulging my questioning.
It would have been 町（まち）を出（で）ます
町に出かけます means going out from home to the town.
"I set off for town on Sunday." What's wrong with this? Or was it "set out for"? That's getting over five times the hits. "Go out to" means something different to me, and isn't usually used with a place so much as an activity, say a movie . . .
I agree I think this is a bad translation. "go into town" is more common. Go "out to the town" sounds like you are going for entertainment. It is also has a rural connotation like in the USA where the town might be far away, which is rarely the case in Japan.
It is also has a rural connotation like in the USA where the town might be far away, which is rarely the case in Japan.
I know the country seems small and compact, but rural life in Japan is very real. The nearest "city" (population: 20,000) to me is 20 minutes away. The nearest actual city is 50 minutes away. If I want to go to a big city, it's 2-3 hours away. I know many people living in the middle of rice fields, a significant drive away from the nearest grocery store or convenience store. We are definitely going "out to the town" in all its rural connotational glory.
So is 村 (mura) both village and town and 町 (machi) both town and city? And if so, does 市 just mean city as well?
In terms of size 村（むら）＜町（まち）＜区（く）＜市（し）＜県（けん）
If you ask me 町 is like a neighborhood. 市 is a proper city.
"Sunday I go out on the town." should be correct and was marked wrong. The "に" here means "on" not to mention that's the expression!!
Your interpretation could be possible, but I think what you're saying and what the Japanese is saying are slightly different. For me, if I say "I'm going out on the town", I mean I'm probably going out at night to party or do something fun. The Japanese sentence to me just implies going from a more rural area into the main town or city area, sometimes used for doing something as mundane as grocery shopping.
I know the literal translation is "go out to the town", but that is weird in English. I think it should be "I go to town" or "I go into town"
It is weird English, but some Japanese words just don't translate well into English. I don't think there's anything wrong with your suggestions, but you do lose some nuance from the Japanese.
Are you leaving your town to go to a city or are you just exiting the town. "Going out of" implies the former and "going out to" the latter. I figured deguchi meant the former but idk
You're right that "dekakeru" can mean "going out of", but the に particle tells us the destination, not where you are leaving from, so you are going out to the town (or city center) in this sentence.