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Which is the correct preposition?

"at evening", "on evening", or "in the evening".

Is this correct-"He mailed me (on evening / in the evening / at evening)"?

How are prepositions used with time?

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This is a very broad question. There isn't a hard and fast rule; it's more a matter of imitating what other people do. Depending on context, you might also see "this evening", "of an evening", "around evening", ... –  MετάEd Jun 28 '13 at 17:51
    
but i don't know how to use it, that is why i asked here. Anyway i think in the evening is more appropriate for it. –  suhail Jun 29 '13 at 3:59
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Suhail.

In most cases you will use in the evening to refer to things in general. For instance:

I usually read a newspaper in the evening.

Charles enjoys a glass of wine in the evening.

In your case, I find it more appropriate to say:

He mailed me yesterday evening.

Yesterday evening, I received an e-mail from him.

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Why do you say: "in most cases" and "refer to things in general"? Does it mean there are exceptions? –  Mari-Lou A Jun 28 '13 at 17:21
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@Mari-Lou A : A more colloquial general usage is shown on Google: 'evenings, i go to a tutorial in parow...' (I've seen less dodgy examples too.) Obviously, 'yesterday / this / Monday... evening' are more specific usages. –  Edwin Ashworth Jun 28 '13 at 18:31
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