evening

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈiːvnɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈivnɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ēvning)


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evening
The evening is the part of each day between the end of the afternoon and the time when you go to bed.
the present day
You refer to the evening of the present day as this evening.
Come and have dinner with me this evening.
I came here this evening because I wanted to be on my own.
You can refer to the evening of the previous day as yesterday evening, but it is more common to say last night.
‘So you saw me in King Street yesterday evening?’ – ‘Yes.’
I met your husband last night.
I've been thinking about what we said last night.
You refer to the evening of the next day as tomorrow evening or tomorrow night.
Gerald's giving a little party tomorrow evening.
Will you be home in time for dinner tomorrow night?
single events in the past
If you want to say that something happened during a particular evening in the past, you use on.
She telephoned Ida on Tuesday evening.
On the evening after the party, Dirk went to see Erik.
If you have been describing what happened during a particular day, you can say that something happened that evening or in the evening.
That evening the children asked me to watch television with them.
He came back in the evening.
If you are talking about a day in the past and you want to mention that something had happened during the evening of the day before, you say that it had happened the previous evening or the evening before.
Douglas had spent the previous evening at a hotel.
Freya opened the gift Beth had given her the evening before.
If you want to say that something happened during the evening of the next day, you say that it happened the following evening.
Mopani arrived at their house the following evening.
I told Patricia that I would take her for dinner the following evening.
talking about the future
If you want to say that something will happen during a particular evening in the future, you use on.
The winning project will be announced on Monday evening.
I will write to her on Sunday evening.
If you are already talking about a day in the future, you can say that something will happen in the evening.
The school sports day will be on June 22 with prizegiving in the evening.
regular events
If something happens regularly every evening, you say that it happens in the evening or in the evenings.
In the evening I like to iron my clothes as this is one less job for the morning.
And what do you do in the evenings?
In American English, evenings does not require ‘in’ or ‘on’.
I like to go out evenings with friends.
If you want to say that something happens regularly once a week during a particular evening, you use on followed by the name of the day and evenings.
He plays chess on Monday evenings.
We would all gather there on Friday evenings.
American English does not require ‘on’.
Friday evenings he visited with his father.
exact times
If you have mentioned an exact time and you want to make it clear that you are talking about the evening rather than the morning, you add in the evening.
He arrived about six in the evening.
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even
position
You use even to show that what you are saying is surprising. You put even in front of the surprising part of your statement.
Even Anthony enjoyed it.
She liked him even when she was arguing with him.
I shall give the details to no one, not even to you.
However, even usually goes after an auxiliary verb or modal, not in front of it.
You didn't even enjoy it very much.
I couldn't even see the shore.
They may even give you a lift in their van.
used with comparatives
You use even in front of a comparative to emphasize that someone or something has more of a quality than they had before. For example, you say ‘The weather was bad yesterday, but it is even worse today’.
He became even more suspicious of me.
You also use even in front of a comparative to emphasize that someone or something has more of a quality than someone or something else. For example, you say ‘The train is slow, but the bus is even slower’.
Barbara had something even worse to tell me.
The second task was even more difficult.
‘even if’ and ‘even though’
Even if and even though are used to introduce subordinate clauses. You use even if to say that a possible situation would not prevent something from being true.
Even if you disagree with her, she's worth listening to.
I hope I can come back, even if it's only for a few weeks.
Even though has a similar meaning to ‘although’, but is more emphatic.
He went to work even though he was unwell.
I was always afraid of him, even though he was kind to me.
Be careful
If you begin a sentence with even if or even though, don't put ‘yet’ or ‘but’ at the beginning of the main clause. Don't say, for example, ‘Even if you disagree with her, yet she’s worth listening to'.
Be careful
However, you can use still in the main clause. This is a very common use.
Even though the news is six months old, staff are still in shock.
But even if they do change the system, they still face an economic crisis.
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