I am trying to say that something has not change for a period of specific time.

rest / reminder/ remains

I know the meaning of each word but to me as non-native speaker these words mean the same thing. What I am trying to convey is something has not change throughout the night

Client slept with no issues for rest/ rest / reminder/ remains of the night.

If non of them works what you suggest?

1 Answer 1


It's remainder, not reminder, and all three words need the in front.

The rest of the night is probably the most idiomatic. Although there is a famous novel called The Remains of the Day, I would say that remains is the least idiomatic in this sense, as it usually refers to something physical, such as leftovers from a meal or a dead body ('mortal remains').

  • My first thought was that of the remaining terms (after discarding remains, as you concisely justify), the remainder of the day sounded relatively unlikely compared to rest. I thought this NGram was interesting.. Sep 28, 2021 at 12:11
  • ... it shows that a century or two ago, the remainder of the time was at least as common as the rest of the time, but in the last few decades that latter version has become completely dominant. Sep 28, 2021 at 12:13
  • @kate thanks for your answer. Should I edit the word remainder, not reminder in my post before accepting the answer?
    – Rick
    Oct 2, 2021 at 3:08
  • You can if you want (but I will then have to edit my answer!) Oct 2, 2021 at 7:39

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