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    in the night / at night

    He works at night.

    Can we say in the night?

    What's the difference?

    Thank you.

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    Exclamation Re: in the night / at night

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    He works at night.

    Can we say in the night?

    What's the difference?

    Thank you.
    I do not think there is any convincing answer to your question. You can consider the following as idiomatic expressions.
    In the morning
    In the afternoon
    In the evening
    At night

    However, to some extent it can be explained as follows:
    Day and Night refer to a specific time period where as morning or afternoon refers to specific time period of the day. So a definite article ‘the’ is used which preceds the preposition ‘In’. So you can use ‘In’ if you use 'the' to express a specific event that occurs during the time of night, as:
    'I heard a frightening sound in the night before going to bed.

    Whereas, we usually use "at night" to express an action that occurs at a more or less precise point in that time period.

    I go to bed at night.

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