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hello to everybody! I have a question. This really confuses me. Can you explain me the difference between "in the evening" and "at night". Why can't we use in night or at the evening.
I'm struggling to think of a good way to explain this, but I'll give it a shot until someone comes up with something better!

In English, we say 'the evening', but we don't say 'the night'. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but that's why they differ.

'At night' is, in a way, a shortened version of 'at the time of night'. We don't say 'at the time of evening', so we can't, therefore, say 'at evening' (although 'at evening-time' is perfectly acceptable, just to confuse you even more).

I'm sure this isn't helping you at all. Take a look at the following examples, all of which are acceptable:

At night.

At night-time.

In the evening.

At evening-time.

In the morning.

At morning-time.

I'm sorry I can't explain it better; I'm sure someone who can will come along and help you!

-Nyarlathotep
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With great respect for Nyarlathotep's effort, I myself would have merely said that I think it is idiomatic:

In the morning
In the afternoon
In the evening
At night

This is when talking of the section of the day. 'In the night' also exists, when we are speaking of a nocturnal event: 'I heard a frightening sound in the night and wet my bed'.

PS: I now see on rereading that the question is primarily about the definite article rather than the whole structure. I don't know; I'll think about it. Don't call me; I'll call you.
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hello i tought about that question a lot. can this be possible

I found that explanation. ıf it is not true please inform me about it. thank you a lot for your respectable efforts.

yours faithfully...

ı think in the evening,in the afternoon, in the in the morning refer to a limited time but at night, at noon refers to a specific point in time.

for example at night= 12.00 a.m like saying at 2.00 o'clock

at noon= 12.00 p.m is this true or not?

at dawn= for example 6:45 a.m

at dusk= gor example 18:45
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hello to everybody! I have a question. This really confuses me. Can you explain me the difference between "in the evening" and "at night". Why can't we use in night or at the evening.

Having studied several languages, I have learned: don't ever try to explain the use of prepositions; just learn what is said. Brits use phrases that sound strange to Yanks, and vice versa, so we can't even talk about English usage except in the broadest of terms.
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Hello Ghulhambodyguard-- and welcome to English Forums. Thank you for contributing to this discussion. 'Noon' (1200 h) is a specific point in time, as is 'midnight' (2400 h), but I don't think 'night' is any more limited than 'evening'-- in fact, in most speaker's minds, it is probably longer. Otherwise, your point is accurate.

My guideline to students: at a time, on a day, and in a week/month/year/etc. However, I don't think that applies to this situation.

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We usually use "at night" to express an action that occurs at a more or less
precise point in that time period.

"I go to bed at night."

We use "in/during the night" to express an action that occurs over a period of
time within that time period.

I sleep (usually for eight hours) during the night.

The stars appear at night, but they shine "in/during" the night.

I hope that this helps.

Peace,

David
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