Do people still use the term "昨晚“? Is it very 口语? Could it be used when writing a diary?

Example sentence 昨晚十点我从我的家开始开到纽约。

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    Feel free to use it wherever you can use "last night".
    – Stan
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 6:36

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昨晚 is a very common word. You can use it in both oral and written Chinese.

here is used as adjective. It means yesterday. However 昨 still has other meanings. 昨 also means past days.

昨晚 = 昨天夜里 , 昨夜

You can use it in all situation.

Reference : http://www.zdic.net/z/1b/js/6628.htm


I would say that 昨晚 is not terribly literary but perfectly acceptable in most situations, both spoken and written. In particular, it fits perfectly in a diary entry.

昨夜 is a more dignified, literary version that would be common in literary writing but out of place in the spoken language. It is also the expression for "yesterday night" in the classical literary language, as in this poem by Li Houzhu, the "Poet King" of Southern Tang:





Yeah, 昨晚 is the short version of 昨天晚上, it is very commonly used still

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