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    Default 5pm : good afternoon/good evening ?

    Can one both use "good afternoon" and "good evening" at 5 pm ?

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    Default Re: 5pm : good afternoon/good evening ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Can one both use "good afternoon" and "good evening" at 5 pm ?
    (Not a teacher)

    I would be more inclined to use 'evening' for 5pm, but I wouldn't argue with someone if they called it afternoon.

    My own person use would be:

    12pm - 4/5pm - afternoon
    5pm - 9pm evening
    9pm onwards - night.

    I assume it differs for different people. So, you can use both afternoon and evening for 5pm, yes.

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    Default Re: 5pm : good afternoon/good evening ?

    It also depends on the time of year to me- I'd say Good afternoon in the summer when it's still light and daytime, but in the winter when it's already dark, I'd be more likely to say Good evening.

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    Default Re: 5pm : good afternoon/good evening ?

    I had the exact same thought at Tdol - In the winter, it's dark, but in the summer, there's still four more hours of daylight, if not more.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: 5pm : good afternoon/good evening ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    My own person use would be:
    This expression struck me. I would say "personal use". Is it often said that way?

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