Buenas tardes y Buenas noches

This is the second part of the formal greetings… Buenas tardes / Buenas noches

In Spanish we have different ways to greet in a formal way depending on the time of the day, this is morning, afternoon and evening. In the morning we would say “Buenos días” in the afternoon we would say “buenas tardes” in the evening we would say “buenas noches”.

In the afternoon we greet people by saying “buenas tardes” for example when you arrive to a meeting at your company in the afternoon you greet by saying “buenas tardes”, when a costumer arrives at a business the employees greet them saying “buenas tardes”.

At night we use the expression “buenas noches” you can say Hello and good bye with this same expression “buenas noches”. We say “buenas noches” not only at the beginning of a situation but you can use “buenas noches” as a way of saying also good bye, for example if at night you are talking with someone on the phone you say good bye like “buenas noches” or when you are in a formal place environment you can say hello and good bye with this same sentence “buenas noches”.

Other situation where we say “buenas noches” is before going to sleep the translation in English for this would be: have a good sleep. If you are leaving your friend house at night you can say “Buenas noches” so, remember we use “buenas noches” meaning hello, good bye and good night.

You can also use these expressions for getting the attention of people you don’t know, for example if you are kind of lost in the street and need directions you can ask someone around there and in order to get their attention you can say “Buenos días, buenas tardes or buenas noches” depending on the time of the day.

Buenos días masculine and plural
Buenas tardes feminine and plural
Buenas noches feminine and plural


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