Good night, Goodnight / Goodbye, Good-bye

  • effect3

    Senior Member
    Polish-Poland
    So both forms are correct, right? It does not matter whether we write Goodnight, Good night, Goodbye or Good bye?
     

    Lun-14

    Banned
    Hindi
    I think good-bye (with hyphen) is also correct. But I have also seen it written without hyphen (good bye) - I think it works for BrE speakers.:)
     

    effect3

    Senior Member
    Polish-Poland
    I saw this title on TV last time. " GOODNIGHT MR BEAN" ( one of the episodes with Mr Bean)
     

    effect3

    Senior Member
    Polish-Poland
    good-bye
    or goodbye
    also good-by
    nounA separation of two or more people:

    This is what " The Free English Dictionary says"
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    Well, it sounds like you've already decided on the answer you want to hear. I'm not very sure why you bothered asking the question; go ahead and write whatever you feel like.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I think good-bye (with hyphen) is also correct. But I have also seen it written without hyphen (good bye) - I think it works for BrE speakers.:)
    Not for this BrE speaker it doesn't: I have seen it hyphenated, but not split into two words. :(

    Similarly, "good night" could be split in the same way as "good day" as a greeting, but it's more usual to see it as all one word "goodnight". :)

    Oxford Dictionaries have both as all one word: goodbye and goodnight.
     

    Lun-14

    Banned
    Hindi
    Not for this BrE speaker it doesn't: I have seen it hyphenated, but not split into two words. :(

    Similarly, "good night" could be split in the same way as "good day" as a greeting, but it's more usual to see it as all one word "goodnight". :)

    Oxford Dictionaries have both as all one word: goodbye and goodnight.
    Could you please clarify when I should use "good night" and when "goodnight?
    Similarly, when should I use "good-bye" and when "goodbye"?

    Many thanks!
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Could you please clarify when I should use "good night" and when "goodnight?
    Similarly, when should I use "good-bye" and when "goodbye"?
    I would tend to say "goodnight" to somebody. For instance we say "Goodnight, sleep tight" to young children when tucking them into bed.
    But I could report that as "I wished him good night". Although even there I'd probably do it do it as "...goodnight".

    "Good-bye" and "goodbye" are interchangeable in my view: it's no more than personal preference.
     
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