夕 vs 夜 Difference

I’m not an advanced speaker at all, but I have heard よる in conversation many times, but not really 夕べ。

What is the difference in usage? Is it just preference in the way that English also has more than one word for some things?

夜 is night
夕べ is evening

Beyond that I’m not sure of specific contexts.

It also has the meaning “last night” :slight_smile:

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Wouldn’t it be 昨夜 then?

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Can be both :eyes: According to Jisho, it seems 昨夜 is the more usual way to write ゆうべ to mean “last night” :slight_smile: Thanks for mentioning it!

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Giving the Google Image Search trick a try, 夜 gets lots of photos of the moon and starry skies, while 夕 is mostly sunsets and orange skies.

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Ok. So it’s evening and night. Thanks everyone. :slight_smile:

What’s the deal with definition #1 here? How come 夕 is there with は?
Is that ゆうは?

You mean the context sentence? Those (context sentences on Jisho) are programmatically grabbed from a site where anyone can create a sentence, so I would just ignore them completely unless someone else verifies they are good. In that case, it seems like a riddle and 夕 is mostly being used because it fits the same length of one character as 朝 and 昼, but I have no idea if that’s a naturally written riddle.

The は is just normal particle は, not part of a word.

ok. thanks.

It was confusing to me because the vocab entry is for 夕べ, but then they use 夕 in a sentence by itself. Even if it was correct in some context, why on earth would you use an example of the vocab that doesn’t reflect the actual vocab entry? I get when it happens for verb tense or something like that, but this seems different.

This might also help. I found it on hinative.

夕方 = dusk only;
夕 = only used in idioms like 夕食 which means evening meal; and
夕べ = dusk and beyond as well as last night.

But I also read that 夕べ is considered a little old fashioned for evening and instead people normally use 夕方.

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