Learn English – Is “goodnight” the right wish to say in the evening, say 5 pm?

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In the evening, when we part after the day's work, my colleagues wish me "goodnight" and I don't feel it right. What is the right thing to say in the evening (5 pm) when we part with our colleagues?

Best Answer

"Good evening" is usually used as a greeting, not for departure. "Good night" can be used for a 5pm departure, but generally it is reserved for a time past 6pm or so. An intermediate could be "have a good evening."