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Dear all,

When talking about an event happened in the past, for instance

" I reached home at night"

" I went to church at night"

"I watched a movie in the night"

Can I use "at night" in place of "in the night" ? And what is the difference between these two ? I am really in need to get an answer little urgently.

Please do help. Thanks a lot. - Shariff
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Because these events happened in the past then it should be...

I reached home last night

I went to church last night

I watched a movie last night.
Hi,

When talking about an event happened in the past, for instance

" I reached home at night"

" I went to church at night"

"I watched a movie in the night"

Can I use "at night" in place of "in the night" ? And what is the difference between these two ? 'At night' is the more natural of these things to say. You might also say 'in the evening'.

'In the night' is much less common, and sounds more poetical and stylish.

'Last night' is OK if that's what you mean, but there's nothing in your sample sentences to tell me that it was 'last night'. Perhaps we are duiscussing a night ten years ago.

Best wishes, Clive
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Many thanks to Clive. You saved my life.

Thanks indeed.

Shariff
I believe the general rule is use the preposition 'in' for 'morning' and 'evening', and use the preposition 'at' for night.

In morning

In evening

At night
Hi,

Don't forget the article.

In the morning

In the evening

At night (no article)

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks for the correction, Clive.