LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/OUT/2009 11:33 PM|
Did you check Ricardo’s EMB grammar info before asking this basic and oft’ repeated question, (lazybones)??!!
I think ‘good morning’ is pretty straight forward if talking between getting up in the AM and lunch. If you are doing an all night party (as I believe tends to happen quite regularly in your part of the world) then the 3 terms can be used interchangeably depending on (perhaps reflecting!?!) the level of intoxication and/or ‘party-spirit’ being experienced.
‘Good evening’ seems fine any time after mid afternoon. To me it always sounds quite ‘formal’ (ANXIOUS DISCLAIMER: although this is by no means universal and one cannot speak for others on such matters - phew!!)
I tend to use ‘good night’ in the sense of ‘goodbye’ (as in, the occasionis over for today) and with the quite specific sense of ‘I’m going to bed now / I am retiring for the evening.
People I know tend to make a lot of use of ‘see you (later / soon)’, ‘cheers’,catch you (later’, ciao, adios, and many other variations)
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