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Unread postby cassia » 27 May 2005, 15:08

English is not my mother tongue, so i was wondering if you can say "good evening" as a way to say goodbye to somebody because it is, for example, 6h p.m.

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Unread postby karen » 14 Jul 2005, 20:52

Hi Cassia,

you'd only use good evening to replace hello.

When saying goodbye, you could say "have a nice evening".

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Unread postby danobodhisattvah » 31 Aug 2005, 07:59

In american english, yes, you can use good evening to bid someone farewell.
It sounds a bit formal, but it wouldn't sound incorrect. A punk on a subway might not say it, but a gentleman would.
This works ESPECIALLY well when you are very angry, you can shout it at them and sound very sarcastic as you do not wish them to have a good evening! (same with "good night", "good day", and "good morning")
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