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If I want to say "a month later I came back home", should I say

(a) Ein Monat später bin ich nach Hause zurückgekommen

or

(b) Einen Monat später ...

or other possibilities?

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Note that when pronounced usually the second syllable is swallowed so that einen melts down to ein. So you can, but don't need to pronounce it. –  embert Feb 22 at 19:15
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It'd be

Einen Monat später bin ich nach Hause zurückgekommen

because expressions that denote a length of or point in time use the accusative

Ex

Es hat den ganzen Tag geregnet.

Ich sah ihn letzten Donnerstag.

Ich war einen Monat in China.

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If it uses the accusative, shouldn't it be "einen Monat später"? –  user3314373 Feb 17 at 22:30
    
Oh gosh you're right! I forgot the ending, but it's fixed now. –  thekeyofgb Feb 17 at 22:32
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