"Good evening, sir."
Translation:Buenas tardes, señor.
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A guy that spent years working in Spanish speaking countries explained in a huge post about this issue that he never heard anyone ever using tardes for evening. He asked Duolingo staff to explain their reasoning but no word yet. So it's still kinda confusing, maybe somewhere it's used as evening but this guy was really clear that he never ever witnessed someone using Buenas tardes as Good evening. I am definitely mega confused of what is the correct usage.
Finally someone who agrees with me! I have spent alot of time in Costa Rica and Tardes was only afternoon. Noches was evening/night. I have been so confused with Duo saying Tardes is evening. I am glad to hear from several of you that i am not crazy for thinking this was wrong!! I wonder why Duo would say this? It must be used in some spanish speaking countries but not all? Who knows lol
What is the difference between buenos/buenas. I get this wrong almost every time and cannot figure out why I am not picking this up. I use "os" with senor and get it wrong thinking masculine and use "as" senora with feminine and get it wrong as well. Where is my thinking off at?
"Buenas tardes, señor". Ah, the problem is that "buenas" describes "tardes". bueno/as has to match the time of day it describes, not match the gender of the person to whom the greeting is addressed. "Buenos dias, señor" or Buenos dias, señora" - in either case buenos has to match the gender of dias, which is masculine. "Buenas noches, señor" or Buenas noches, señora" - in either case buenas has to match the gender of noches, which is feminine.
"Buenos" is masculine and used for day, while "Buenas" is feminine and used for night. The reasoning behind this is that, in old mythology, and even today in some cases, the sun (ex: the god Apollo) is seen as male, while the moon (ex: the goddess Artemis) is viewed as female. If this helps, then follow and upvote! <3
I've had this happen. Usually I misspelled something but don't see it. Hard to catch them. If copy my answers that I think are correct but won't be accepted and copy it into the chat attached to the question. Someone always sees what i got wrong. If nobody sees the mistake you can report it. But I reported something ones then found out I was actually wrong so I was a bit embarrased! Now I check here to see if I'm correct but 100% so far I've been wrong and had the wrong gender or spelling or something wrong that didn't jump out at me but someone else caught it
Evening does not include the entire night in English. The evening ends and then night begins.
The point they are trying to make is that the Spanish tardes includes some of the hours that some English speakers call evening.
There is no consensus as to when afternoon ends and evening begins for English speakers. You have a similar issue with tardes and noches.