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    #1

    Morning, Afternoon, Evening and night

    Dear Teacher,

    Is there any specific time range for morning, afternoon, evening and night?
    Sometimes I am confused when I meet somebody at a certain time. Let's say at 11.55 am. Is it fine if I say: "Good morning!" at that time.
    What about if it is 16:30 pm? Is it a "Good afternoon" or a "Good evening"?

    Also in winter, there is an early sunset compared with that in summer. Will it affect our way to address people as "Good Evening" or "Good Night". Say around 17:30 pm, it is already dark in winter but it is still light in summer. Do we say "Good evening" in winter at that time while it is already dark.

    Note: please also correct my sentences above if it sounds "creepy" in terms of the grammar or others.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Morning, Afternoon, Evening and night

    This is Australian usage. It's probably similar elsewhere.
    The only definite time distinction is between morning and afternoon. 11.55am is morning; five minutes later is afternoon.
    I wouldn't say "Good evening" unless it was dark outside.
    Early in the nighttime, you say "Good evening" if you are meeting someone, and "Good night" if you are leaving them.

    Colloquially, none of these are common except "Good night". We'd generally say, "Hello, Hi, Good day (G'day), Bye, Goodbye".

    PS: You could (and should) also check the past threads on this topic - links are at the bottom of the page.

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    #3

    Re: Morning, Afternoon, Evening and night

    BrE usage is much the same.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Morning, Afternoon, Evening and night

    I'm about the same, except after about 6PM, I would switch to "good evening," regardless of whether it was light out or not.

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