Night vs. Evening

Ladies and gentlemen, today I wanna begin with these confusing words. Do you know their differences and similarities? Well, let's start.

"Night" vs. "Evening" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to the time when the sun is setting and the sky is getting dark. However, 'evening' is short and is right when the sun sets. It is when most people finish work and come back home. 'Night' is when the sky is dark and the moon shines bright along with many stars in the sky. Many rest and sleep and night.


As mentioned above, 'evening' refers to when the sun sets and people go home when they finish work. It is shorter than 'night'. Look at the example below:

In the evening, we all used to have a gathering at Annie's house and have tea.

I took a nap in the evening.

'Night', mainly refers to when it is dark and most people are sleeping. The moon and the starts shine brightly in the sky. Check out the examples below:

I was so stressed that I couldn't sleep last night.

Some people read a book at night, when all you can here is complete silence.


Both refer to the time of the day when it is getting dark. Look at the examples below:

Jolene was drunk when she came home last night.

There was too much traffic when we went shopping in the evening.

Are They Interchangeable?

Although they both refer to different times of the day, they cannot be used interchangeably. 'Evening' is just before 'night'. Also, note that we use the preposition 'in' for 'evening' and 'at' for 'night'. Compare:

✓ What would happen if men were not to go alone at night and women were free?

X What would happen if men were not to go alone at evening and women were free?

As you can see, this sentence is grammatically incorrect.


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