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In English you can say "good day" as either a greeting or a goodbye. Can добрый день and its morning/evening variants be used in the same way, or only as a greeting?

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    It's Добрый день, and no, you cannot use it as a Goodbye. – Avi Gordon Jan 27 '15 at 10:25
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    I am not sure about other flavours but in British English, as far as I know, Good day is not used as a greeting; and when it's used as a goodbye it implies sarcasm bordering on contempt. :) – Avi Gordon Jan 27 '15 at 10:31
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Добрый день cannot be used as a goodbye, only as a greeting.

On the other hand, you can use доброго/хорошего/приятного дня/вечера which is basically "(I wish you a) good day".

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    I am not sure хорошего дня is not a very recent calque of the English Have a good day. It sounds to me exactly as such. – Avi Gordon Jan 27 '15 at 11:32
  • Could be, but it's pretty widespread nowadays. – Highstaker Jan 27 '15 at 13:00
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If you need a general goodbye phrase, say «Всего хорошего!». It probably would work in any situation.

«Приятного вечера» is sometimes used, but it actually means having a nice time; so I would not say it to a person in the middle of boring work. «Хорошего дня!» is not very usual, but correct.

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You can't use

Добрый день!

But, yes,

Доброго дня!

is perfectly ok. Genitiv here indicates, that you are it is a perting wish.

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You can say доброй ночи and this will be only as a goodbye (good night).

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