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Dear Ted:

Is "last night" an expression of time or a time expression?

And is it correct to say "yesterday evening/afternoon/morning or should I say "last evening/afternoon/morning"?

If all of them expressions are possible, do they have the same meaning?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is "last night" an expression of time or a time expression?

*** YES

And is it correct to say "yesterday evening/afternoon/morning or should I say "last evening/afternoon/morning"?

If all of them expressions are possible, do they have the same meaning?

*** Do not say "yesterday night," because that is a juxtaposition of "night and day."

You can say "yesterday evening" or "last evening."

The examples using afternoon and morning are correct.

Yesterday NIGHT is the only "problem."

Ted

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