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    at night – by night - in the night

    Hello,
    I am at a loss – which is correct:
    a) I can’t get used to working at night (from 11 p.m. till 6 a.m.)
    b) I can’t get used to working by night.
    c) I can’t get used to working in the night.


    When is each of them used?
    Would be grateful for your help.

  1. matilda
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    at night:(11-6 am).
    by night:until night. until 11 may be.
    no idea about the third sentence

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    #3

    Re: at night – by night - in the night

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    at night:(11-6 am).
    by night:until night. until 11 may be.
    no idea about the third sentence
    At night and in the night are both good. By night is a little more complicated as there I have heard some variations between AE and BE and also regionally in the UK.

    I have not heard it used in the sense of until a certain time, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is common to other native speakers. Phrases like "travelling by night" and "working day by day" are very common. In your example I think 1 and 3 are the best.


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    Re: at night – by night - in the night

    Tnx, everybody.
    Could you also have a look at this:
    We never used to lock the door in the daytime (by day??).
    Thank you

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    Re: at night – by night - in the night

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Tnx, everybody.
    Could you also have a look at this:
    We never used to lock the door in the daytime (by day??).
    Thank you

    I would use in the daytime or during the day, but see no problem with by day.


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    Re: at night – by night - in the night

    Thanks, Davy

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