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Hello all. I was teaching an ESL class yesterday and one of my students asked me why we use 'In the' for morning/afternoon/evening and we use 'At' for night. I tried to look online for the answer and couldnt find one. I am aware that it doesn't sound correct to use 'in morning'. However I was wondering more as to why it is incorrect. If anyone has any insight into this it would be appreciated.

Kevin
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To the best of my knowledge, it is purely idiomatic. You might note that morning ends at a precise point (noon) and afternoon begins at a precise point (noon), while night does not — but this is probably irrelevant.
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To the best of my knowledge, it is purely idiomatic. You might note that morning ends at a precise point (noon) and afternoon begins at a precise point (noon), while night does not — but this is probably irrelevant.
Right you are, MrM. Besides, we can say in the night as well although it tends to sound a little poetic: I heard a train howling in the night. There is a tendency to use the after in even in contexts where the isn't really warranted:
Flowers bloom in {the] summer.
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Thank you to all who answered. This basically just confirmed what I was thinking. I however didn't want to pass along my thoughts as definative until I had someone echo them.

Greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Kevin
Hello Kevin!

I'm teaching English as a foreign language and I'm not myself English but I love these grammar struggles. I'm quite intuitive with languages and certainly with grammar so my conclusion is, if it helps that "at" refers to a period:

At Easter

At Xmas

Why not: "At night" this is a period of time during which you sleep.

or: "at dark" this is the period when it isn't daylight.

Also because "in the" has a different meaning:

I study at dark (When it'sn't day there isn't daylight anymore)

I like studying in the dark (when there's no more light)

I study at night (in the sleeping period)

Some noises were heard in the night (any moment when it was dark)

Tell me if it makes any sense to you?

Thanks!
AnonymousHello all. I was teaching an ESL class yesterday and one of my students asked me why we use 'In the' for morning/afternoon/evening and we use 'At' for night. I tried to look online for the answer and couldnt find one. I am aware that it doesn't sound correct to use 'in morning'. However I was wondering more as to why it is incorrect. If anyone has any insight into this it would be appreciated. Kevin


Generally, the preposition "at" is used where the time or Place for which it is used, is very particular.
V use "In" for morning,afternoon and evening bcoz ,here u r refferring to a period of time rather than a point of time.

Whereas "The night" is considered as the time ,every1 would b sleeping.
So the whole period for which v remain inactive has been considered as a single point of time. And thus v must use "at" before "night"

Note: For "Noon" again v use "at"..coz it's a particular point of time

Thanks and Regards


M.S.Jitendra Prasad
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A possible explanation:

A lot of English is connected one way or another with the Bible (it was the first printed book) In the Bible darkness is considered a place, as follows "He made darkness his secret place" (Psalm 18:11) But light is not considered a place, so darkness or night is a place to be 'at', hence 'at night'.
And then there's also the option "by night"... Why is that?!