"Eu gosto do tempo da noite" is wrong
You can say "eu gosto da noite" or "eu gosto do período noturno"
Are there any Portuguese speakers that could say if this is a way they would actually use período? the translation into English certainly does not sound natural to me
If this is a natural sentence, it would be helpful if someone could explain when you would say "Eu gosto do período da noite" and not just "eu gosto da noite". In English it is screaming for more context, like "I like the period of the night when ____" (e.g. "when the streets are empty")
It's all the same.
Cara, eu não gosto do dia prefiro a noite que é mais calma. (Essa frase soa mais natural)
Cara, eu não gosto do dia prefiro o período noite que é mais calmo.
What about "I like this time of night"? e.g. it's 9pm, the children have gone to bed, you open a bottle of wine and sit down to watch a movie....
"I like this time of the night" is more specific. It would be translated as "eu gosto desse período da noite".
Agree...it definitely shouldn't be "I like the time of the night" I feel like that needs something more like "I like the time of the night when..."
It didn't accept it for me just now :( (requiring "the")
"I like the nighttime" and "I like nighttime" seem interchangeable to me in English.
That would make sense but the authors weren't thinking of that option.
that's because you didn't specify which time at night, 10pm? 3:56am?
Seriously though, 'the time' (as opposed to just 'time' in English means clock time, not a period/era/stretch of time like it can in other languages, so 'the time at night' does not mean período da noite.
Neither can that be translated into 'the period of night' though, because that isn't a thing (at least not one I've heard in 40 years speaking English).
i disagree. i think we do use time as a stretch of time. i had a good time. i love the time of day when the sun is going down.
Adding to the complexity! I still think 'the' still (mostly) works although as you say there seems to be an in-between category. You still don't say "I have the good time", although you do say "we had the best time", but then you can't have 'a best' of anything. Maybe those and "the time the sun is going down" still count as specific units of time or something?
Listen l hovered over período and it gave length of time as one translation so I translated it I like the length of night which I do in summer but got it wrong
If i said this in English i would only say, 'I like the night.' Eu gosto do noite. ... Does that work?
I understand that this is a natural sentence in Portuguese, but the English translation is not natural. As many have suggested, it should be "I like the nighttime", or something similar.