1. fdpol123 Member

    Ireland, English

    Does anybody have any clear sense of when bonjour should be stopped using and bon soir started? Is there a general guidline out there and does it vary within France?

    Merci d'avance
  2. Fred_C

    Fred_C Senior Member

    You must spell "bonsoir" in one word.

    The rule is that you may begin to say "bonsoir" from 6 o'clock (late afternoon), but you can continue to say "bonjour" if it is not night yet.
    "bonsoir" is mandatory when it is night.

    You never say "bonne nuit" to someone, unless they are going to bed.
  3. anglais428 Senior Member

    UK, English

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