Nuit et soir

PaulC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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?
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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!

 

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?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level >>
How has your day been?