the other day: a few days ago:

Didn't I see you in the post office the other day?

the other night: on one evening recently:

I saw Naomi at the gym the other night.

My question is:

is "the first night" an adverbial of time?

Eg: See This Conversation

James: Are you ready for the business trip?

Paul: Yeah. I'm a little nervous.

James: Is this your first business trip?

Paul: No. I just don't know any of these people. Do you have any advice for me?

James: Just socialize. Get to know them. Go out for drinks one night.

Paul: Actually, two of our clients are taking me out for drinks the first night.

Note: Please give a referenced source for your answer?

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    It is an adverbial of time, along with "The second night", "The third night", "The fourth night", ... Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 7:36
  • What makes you think that it isn't an adverbial of time? Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 8:15

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"the first night" can be either a noun - 'the first public performance of a play' or an 'adverbial of time'.

As the Learn English British Council says:

We use adverbials of time to say:

  1. when something happened.

    • I saw Mary yesterday.
    • I went to the park two days ago.
    • Last night we were at the cinema.
  2. for how long.

    • We waited all day.
    • They have lived here since 2004.
  3. how often (frequency).

    • They usually watched television in the evening.
    • We sometimes went to work by car.

We often use a noun phrase as a time adverbial:

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