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Hi, I had a problem with at night/in the night a couple of weeks ago.
You suggested to me that "at night" is good and "in the night" is bad.
However, this guy thinks "in the night" is OK.
He used the form "Running in the night".
I think it should be "running at night" or "running through the night" and not "running in the night". Or am I wrong?
Here it is the link ->
Neon Workout Ft. HR - Running In The Night
YouTube - Neon Workout Ft. HR - Running In The Night
I couldn't watch the clip, but maybe it might be another way of saying in the dark.
I wouldn't object categorically to "in the night", but its use is usually somewhat poetic or dramatic ("things that go bump in the night") and, in my experience, tends to be misused by learners of English.
To me, "running in the night" sounds more dramatic than "running at night". I suppose that "running through the night" carries some of that same emotional tone.
I had for a long time ceased to read the newspapers or pay any attention to public affairs, confident they were in good hands, and content to be a passenger in our bark to the shore from which I am not distant. but this momentous question, like a fire bell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. -Thomas Jefferson
Perhaps some of the confusion we're having on this one stems from the fact that one of the definitions of "night" is "the darkness of night; the dark" (from dictionary.reference.com). Using that definition, the prepositions seem to be unobjectionable; i.e., "in the night" means "in the darkness of night", or "in the dark", and so on.
In your first sentence, I'm not sure what "running with the murderer" means. Is he running alongside of us, but we don't know that he's the murderer? Or is he running somewhere else nearby, but we don't know that? In either event, "running through the night" (i.e., through the darkness) seems to make more sense than "in".
In the second sentence, which should begin "My girlfriend and I were sightseeing...", I guess I don't know what you mean. In the dark? At night? Either of those might be better choices than "in the night".