No we're not. We understand it, but we're much more likely, in normal informal life, to say (for example) six thirty pm than eighteen thirty hours.We're used to the 24-hour clock in the UK.
I'm with you on that one, except that I think you must be an early bird. If someone called me at 9am, I'd wonder why they were calling me in the middle of the night.It will be interesting to see what other people think.
Hi, dojibearIn its exact definition "night" always lasts from sunset until sunrise, while "evening" starts before sunset and continues during several hours of "night". There are several hours each day that are both "evening" and "night". Nine PM is "night" for everyone, and is also "evening" for many people.
The exact hours that are called "evening" is undefined. It differs for different people, for different kinds of activity, and probably for other things.
Example 1: A family lives on a farm. They start work at dawn, and they go to bed at 7 pm. For them 9 pm is "night".
Example 2: You attend a party in a city, or a dinner party in Madrid. The party starts at 10 pm in the "evening". When you leave at 2 am, it is "night".
Do you think it is because I am talking about a habitual event so people may tend to use 'at‘？I would use "at" instead of "in the". People that use a 12-hour clock usually say:
- nine (o'clock) in the morning (09:00)
- nine (o'clock) in the evening (21:00)
- nine (o'clock) at night (21:00)
- one (o'clock) in the afternoon (13:00)
- one (o'clock) in the morning (01:00)
I don't know why "night" uses "at" but it does.
I think native speakers people use "nine oçlock at night," because that's the way they've heard it their whole lives.Do you think it is because I am talking about a habitual event so people may tend to use 'at‘？
Native speakers, who never worry about such so-called "rules" where idiomatic usage is concerned, would understand it, despite it not being natural.But if it is a specific incident, we can use 'in'?
As in "I still remember what happened last week. It was nine in the night when I saw a man jump into the river"?
I was about to post something quite similar. In December, when it gets dark around 4 pm in my time zone, I'd probably say "9 o'clock at night." In June, when daylight (or at least twilight) extends to well past that time, it would be "9 o'clock in the evening.""In the night" is about darkness, not about time. "At night" refers to (part of) the dark time of the daily cycle.