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    Default Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    People say, "Good evening," when you greet someone in the evening.</SPAN>
    Do you still say, "Good evening," when you meet someone after twelve midnight and before dawn?

    In Japan, professional musicians and other entertainers always say, "Good morning," regardless of time. Is this the same in English-speaking countries?

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    People say, "Good evening," when you greet someone in the evening.</SPAN>
    Do you still say, "Good evening," when you meet someone after twelve midnight and before dawn?

    In Japan, professional musicians and other entertainers always say, "Good morning," regardless of time. Is this the same in English-speaking countries?
    No one pays that close attention to the time.

    People often say "Good night" when they are leaving work -- even if that is 4pm.

    "Good evening" at any time of the day or night is always going to sound stuffy and formal. I think it would mostly be used by service people (waiters, call centers, etc.) or when people are meeting for the first time under formal circumstances. The same is true for "Good day."

    "Good evening" is also used in "ceremonial" circumstances -- when addressing an audience, for example.

    People generally say "Hello" or "Hi."

    "Good morning" is heard, especially within the family at breakfast, and on arriving at work. I don't think two friends chatting on the phone would say "Good morning."

    "Good night" is used in the family at bedtime (regardless of the hour on the clock), and on leaving work.

    Professional entertainers don't always say "good morning." They greet their audience the way an individual would based on the (rough) time of day and the degree of formality. So a great conductor of a world-famous orchestra would say, "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen."

    But the lead guitarist in a small club would say "Hey everyone!"

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    After twelve midnight, you are into the morning, so it becomes "Good morning".

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Well, not really. If you're out dressed to the nines and meet another person who is out, you don't say good morning. If you're formal, you can still say good evening. It has more to do with how much time is left before bed, than the actual time it is.

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Thank you everyone.

    I wrote: In Japan, professional musicians and other entertainers always say, "Good morning," regardless of time.

    I wanted to say that here in Japan, they say, "Good morning" regardless of time when they meet each other, and not to the audience.

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    I wanted to say that here in Japan, they say, "Good morning" regardless of time when they meet each other, and not to the audience.
    That's not a tradition that I have ever heard of, though actors in the UK do have their own traditions and superstitions about what they can and cannot say in the theatre.

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Can't speak from an entertainer's point of view, but back in my youth when I answered phone calls at a switchboard, we greeted callers with "good morning" until 12 noon, "good afternoon" until 6:00PM, "good evening" until midnight, and then back to "good morning."

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Can't speak from an entertainer's point of view, but back in my youth when I answered phone calls at a switchboard, we greeted callers with "good morning" until 12 noon, "good afternoon" until 6:00PM, "good evening" until midnight, and then back to "good morning."
    Right, if you're answering the phone for a company on the night shift, you'd say "good morning" after midnight.

    But out socially for a drink, it would still feel like the night, and you'd be more likely to say "good evening" as a hello, or some informal variant, and "good night" as a goodbye.

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    Default Re: Do you still say, "Good evening," after twelve midnight?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Right, if you're answering the phone for a company on the night shift, you'd say "good morning" after midnight.

    But out socially for a drink, it would still feel like the night, and you'd be more likely to say "good evening" as a hello, or some informal variant, and "good night" as a goodbye.
    An excellent example of the difference registers can have on language choice. A business would have these pro forma responses while everyday speech, again depending on the situation, you might get any number of different collocations;

    catch ya later; ciao; howdy; see you [tomorrow]; ...

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