What time of day is it ok to use "buenos tardes" - after midday, or later?

And "buenos noches?" what time again - and is it OK to use "buenos noches "for "Hello" at night time (because in English "Goodnight" means only "Goodbye" at night time.)

  • Posted Oct 14, 2010
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Welcome to the forum.

I always taught my students that some of its usage depends on level of darkness. If the sun sets at 4:30 PM, you might say "Buenas noches" at 7 PM, whereas if the sun isn't setting until 9 PM, you would say "Buenas tardes" at 7 PM.

And - yes - it is common to say "Hola, buenas noches" as a greeting if it is nighttime.

Just a grammatical note" both "noches" and "tardes" are feminine, so you will use "buenas" for both.

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  • Thanks - and thanks for the note on grammar - I didn't know that. - riggers Oct 14, 2010