+0
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.
1 2 3
Comments  
Yoong LiatAccording 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.

I once said good morning to an English man at 1300 and he corrected me. He said I should say good afternoon.
Incho wrote, 'I once said good morning to an English man at 1300 and he corrected me. He said I should say good afternoon.'

Unfortunately, you didn't have my book with you, otherwise you could have referred him to page 99 of the book.
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
that is funny, Yong.
Inchoateknowledgethat is funny, Yong.
The title of the book is 'English Syntax for Foreign Students' by R.W. Watson Hyatt, O.B.E., E.D., B.A. It is something quite unusual to me.
Yoong Liat
Inchoateknowledgethat is funny, Yong.
The title of the book is 'English Syntax for Foreign Students' by R.W. Watson Hyatt, O.B.E., E.D., B.A. It is something quite unusual to me.

And it is also unusual that a syntax book discusses this matter.

To me it is like discussing it in a Quantum mechanics book.
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
I would like to hear from native speakers so that I know when I should start greeting others, "Good afternoon?"
Thanks, Incho.
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Show more