I am confused about the terms 'afternoon' and 'evening'.
After checking online, I have found the following definitions:
- afternoon = the time from noon until evening.
- evening = the time from noon until sunset.
So logically it would be noon - afternoon - evening - sunset
The part where I am confused is that afternoon and evening start from noon.
I could say "It's 1 hour in the evening" which would mean the same as "It's 1 hour in the afternoon".
I do not understand this concept fully.
uEnglishI am confused about the terms 'afternoon' and 'evening'.Your sources are wrong in part.
1) Yes, afternoon, as the name implies, is after 12h00 (aka "post meridian" aka PM)
But evening refers to the part of the afternoon when the day starts shifting to night, aka gloaming(very old term); in the spring or fall this begins around 18h00(aka 6pm) & continues until full sunset. This may be aka "twilight"
2) Afternoon, technically speaking, can be all the time from 12h00 until 00h00, but typically only refers to the time between noon(12h00) & the onset of evening.
In employment parlance, especially those doing shift work, "afternoons" refers to the second shift of the day (16h00-00h00 or 15h00-23h00); this may also be called "PMs" or "evening shift"
In common greetings, "good afternoon" is used between noon & evening, & "good evening" is used as a greeting from evening til midnight. "Good night is generally not used as a greeting, only a leavetaking