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What’s the Difference between Afternoon, Evening and Night?

08/04/16 “What’s the Difference between Afternoon, Evening and Night?”


Now you will.

  • Afternoon and Evening

In most people’s speech, afternoon starts after lunch and changes to evening after work (or after normal working hours).

  • Evening and Night

Evening changes to night more or less at bedtime. But note that Good evening usually has the sense of “Hello” and Good night of “Goodbye”. Good night is NOT used to greet people.

A: Good evening. Terrible weather, isn’t it?
B: Yes, awful.
A: It hasn’t stopped raining for weeks. Well, I must be going. Good night.
B: Good night.

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