‘Good evening’ / ‘Good night’

“When you meet someone at eleven o’clock in the night, how do you greet him? Do you say, `Good evening’ or `Good night’?”

“You normally say, `Good evening’.”

“But I’m seeing this person late in the night.”

“That’s true. But what you should remember is that `Good evening’ is another way of saying, `hello’. Good night is not used to greet people. When you say `Good night’ to someone you are saying `Good bye’.”

” When you walk into a restaurant late in the evening, the waiter wishes you `Good evening’, and when you leave, he says, `Good night’.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 01, 2006


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