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    Default Definition of "evening"

    Oxford dictionary: the period of time at the end of the day, usually from about 6 p.m. to bedtime.

    When we say "in the evening", is it from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.?

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    Default Re: Definition of "evening"

    There are no precise start and end times for evening. In the winter when it gets dark earlier, "evening" can start earlier. If you're going to dinner and a show and then for last dessert after, your evening can extend into the early morning hours.

    However, if someone says "The school concert is Tuesday evening" then you can probably use "sometime between 6 pm and 10 pm" as a guide. (Most school events don't go very late.)
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    Default Re: Definition of "evening"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There are no precise start and end times for evening. In the winter when it gets dark earlier, "evening" can start earlier. If you're going to dinner and a show and then for last dessert after, your evening can extend into the early morning hours.

    However, if someone says "The school concert is Tuesday evening" then you can probably use "sometime between 6 pm and 10 pm" as a guide. (Most school events don't go very late.)

    Thanks Barb_D,

    If we say "I arrived in New York at 10p.m., should we say " I arrived in New York in the evening or at night"?

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    Default Re: Definition of "evening"

    Either one would be fine. That would "late evening" for most people. You could say "I got in around 10 in the evening" or I got in around 10 at night" or just "I got in around 10 pm."
    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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