LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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It's not the time. That is not the problem. "Good evening" and "good morning" are almost always used as greetings. (I would put "almost always" in the 99.9% range.) "Good night" is a farewell said during hours of darkness. "Good morning" typically begins to be heard when the sun has risen. It´s not tied to midnight or some other hour on the clock.
Notice the times to the left. Is the speaker saying hello or goodbye?
10:00 PM - Well, I must go home now. Good night!
Good night, Charles!
10:05 PM - Good evening, Jim! I am glad you were able to come to the party!
11:48 PM - Good night, Jim! Thank you for coming to the party. Drive safely!
1:20 AM - Good evening, Fred! I did not expect to see you so late, but you are certainly welcome.
3:10 AM - Good night, Fred! I hope you had a good time. See you on Monday!
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