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What is the difference between Konnichiwa and Konbanwa? Is it appropriate to use either one in everyday conversations?

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To help get you started, "konnichi wa" can be used as a general greeting (often during daytime hours) whereas "konban wa" tends to be used during evening hours. –  summea Apr 9 '13 at 6:26

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They are both common greetings. The "ban" in "konbanwa" means "evening". The "nichi" in "konnichiwa" means "day".

We use "ohayou gozaimasu" before about 10:30 am, "konnichiwa" after about 10:30 am, and "konbanwa" in the evening.

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i actually just got to work at 1:30 and everyone said ohayou gozaimasu lol. i am so confused with how they handle time cuz even at like 7-8:00, i hear people say konnichwa –  david May 16 '14 at 5:01
"ohayou gozaimasu" is often an "in-group" thing. In the theatre, people say it in the evening, whenever everyone is starting work. In amateur operatic circles (for example, which I happen to know about), it's sometimes used, but also sometimes elicits a puzzled expression, so I suppose not everyone knows that. –  Brian Chandler May 11 at 18:14
おはようございます can also be used the first time you see someone that day. Hence the reason everyone at work at 1:30 says it too you. There are also some people (My high school teacher back in the day) that said おはようございます as any sort of greeting and just never used こんいちは. –  The Wandering Coder May 12 at 1:47
This is definitively wrong to talk about precise hours. Person working only night shifts who wake up the night will say ohayou gozaimasu to it's co worker during the night. –  Sam May 12 at 21:41

Konnichiwa is MAINLY used as an Greeting as in "Hello" While Konbanwa is used to greet people in the evening.

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Kon'nichiwa sometime used as saying Good afternoon or Hello. Konbanwa is good evening.

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Konichiwa is the basic hello. ~10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Konnbanwa is good evening, an other greeting. ~7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

ohayou gozaimasu is good mornning ~1:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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