Nuit et soir

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4 June 2018

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Nuit et soir

Hi, The quiz answer to It was that night that my insomnia started is cette nuit-là, but the example "That night, something extraordinary happened" is translated as ce soir-là. Is there a lesson on when to use nuit and when soir?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Ce, cet, cette, ces [duration] -là / -ci = that/those or this/these [duration] (demonstrative adjectives)"


Kwiziq language super star

8 June 2018


Hi Paul,

Aurélie tells me there is no specific lesson on when to use nuit and soir.

Normally 'nuit' is night and 'soir' is evening.

'Nuit' is associated with dark and sleeping so you will say, Bonne Nuit! to someone only before you go to bed wishing them to have a good night sleep.

You will say 'bonsoir!'   to someone you greet in the evening.

In the examples you mention, the first one is definitely 'nuit' as it involves sleeping or lack of. I guess the second one is more vague so it could be either depending on the context.

Hope this helps!


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