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    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    "Yesterday night" in the U.S.A. marks you as a foreigner. We always say "las' night."

    Hold on there - we have a misunderstanding I think. To me 'yesterday night' is not the same as 'last night'. It refers to the night before 'last night' Maybe that's a point against using "yesterday night". Many people say 'the night before last'.
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    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    "Yesterday night" in the U.S.A. marks you as a foreigner. We always say "las' night."

    Hold on there - we have a misunderstanding I think. To me 'yesterday night' is not the same as 'last night'. It refers to the night before 'last night'
    At least one. Are Brits considered "foreigners"?

    I'm shocked to hear that "yesterday night" means "the day before yesterday's night". Have I read that right?

    That's idiom for ya'.

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    #13

    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Guys, how about Yesternight. What do you think of it? I saw it in the dictionary.


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    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Guys, how about Yesternight. What do you think of it? I saw it in the dictionary.
    Sounds archaic to me, B, but I'm not really sure. Not used in my NOTWs.


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    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Guys, how about Yesternight. What do you think of it? I saw it in the dictionary.

    Lovely word, but archaic and now unused apart from the occasional historical novelist; "Yestere'en" is another one of this kind.

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    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    I see. Haven't heard of someone using these words. Perhaps "Yesterday evening" and "last night" would be enough.

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    #17

    Re: yesterday night? last night?

    Quote Originally Posted by linsuman View Post
    ...It is possible, but pretty far fetched, that because we have a tendency to shorten everything, we prefer the shorter "last" to the longer "yesterday"-? ...
    On the subject of shortening, there's the very old (Elizabethan?) abbreviation of 'yesterday evening' - yestre'en. This can be safely ignored for purposes of ELT!

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    PS Anglika got there first
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