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According to an English usage book, although 1pm is technically after noon, we still say, 'Good morning.' 'Good afternoon' is used roughly from 2pm until 6pm. It surprises me because we, in Singapore, also say, 'Good afternoon' as long as it is after noon.

I would like to know whether native speakers say 'Good morning' when it is past noon as stated in the above book.
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IMO the author usually has lunch at 14 00, that is why the 14 00.Emotion: smile
Based on the definitions provided by the dictionary, I agree with what you said.
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Interesting thread!

I never know how to address somebody (for instance, in a library or in an office) properly between, say, noon and 1:30 pm ... so I tend to whisper "good morning" Emotion: sad

Is there any "safe" (polite and not too informal) way we can use, avoiding both 'good morning' and 'good afternoon?'

Thank you!
In the UK, people start to say "good afternoon" after midday.

There's a slightly tiresome ritual of self-correction that sometimes takes place between twelve and one during phone calls, e.g.


"Hello, is that MrP?"

"Yes, speaking."

"Good morning, MrP – I mean, good afternoon!"

"Ho ho ho."

"Ha ha ha."
Here, my caller has been saying "good morning" all morning, to various people; so at 12:07, when he calls me, he still says "good morning", out of force of habit. But then he notices the clock on his pc, realizes it's 12:07, and corrects himself. We then both laugh; though there's nothing to laugh about...

MrP
Here in the States, one is taught to say "Good afternoon" at 12:01 p.m. and thereafter...and "Good morning" anytime before 11:59 a.m. Of course, around the Noon hour, we sometimes get confused if we haven't checked our watches for the exact time. Emotion: smile

Now about saying "Good evening," that's more subjective. Some may state it when it gets dark outside and others may state it around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and thereafter. Any other opinions?

Jim
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Phoenix PRNow about saying "Good evening," that's more subjective. Some may state it when it gets dark outside and others may state it around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and thereafter. Any other opinions?
I think I would say it either "after work", or "when it gets dark" – whichever came first. But then, I don't often say it.

MrP
I'm a native speaker, and I say 'Good Afternoon' after noon.

CJ
Really? I just greet eveyone at work with "Howdy, Pumpkin!" Solves all those problems. Emotion: big smile

(Yes, I use "afternoon" after noon too.)

But really, if you're unsure, can't you just switch to a different greeting? "Hello, how are you today?" "Hello, nice to see you." Or just... "Hello!"
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Grammar GeekReally? I just greet eveyone at work with "Howdy, Pumpkin!" Solves all those problems.

Even the slightly rounder colleagues?

MrP
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