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    #1

    'evening' vs 'night'

    How can we differentiate the words 'night' and 'evening' when telling the time. For example, is 8 p.m 'eight o'clock in the evening' or 'eight o'clock at night'?
    Is there any rule for that?

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    #2

    Re: 'evening' vs 'night'

    You will find the answer to your question at the following link: Night vs. Evening

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    #3

    Re: 'evening' vs 'night'

    It's not as black-and-white (or day-and-night) as the link implies.

    Eight at night and eight in the evening are both correct and mean the same thing: 8 p.m.

    I'd put it more generally: evening implies an earlier hour, night implies a later hour. Neither implies a specific range of hours.

    There are several words that more exactly mean the time between sunset and dark, including dusk, twilight, and gloaming. (Gloaming is rare in the US.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: 'evening' vs 'night'

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    (Gloaming is rare in the US.)
    It's not exactly common in England, though Harry Lauder, a Scot, used to go roamin' then, with a lassie by his side - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qU75Xgmlww
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    Re: 'evening' vs 'night'

    In the gloaming he went roaming?
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    Re: 'evening' vs 'night'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    In the gloaming he went roaming?
    Yup!

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