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Is there a difference between the following?

einmal in der Woche
einmal die Woche

Google Translate suggests the first one, yet I wonder if the second can be used synonymously.

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In English both variants are fine: "once in a week", "once a week". In German either. Additionally, "einmal pro Woche" is fine as well. – None is "better". Voted for close as opinion-based. – Em1 Aug 7 '14 at 20:40
Depending on the context "jede Woche" or "wöchentlich" may be fine as well, but the given three variants are nearer to your phrase and are all fine. – hellcode Aug 7 '14 at 20:53
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There is no difference and you can choose between the two phrases. There is also a third possibility that has the same meaning:

einmal pro Woche

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Another possibility is


which also means that something happens once a week.

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There is a difference between the two phrases: They do mean exactly the same (once a week), but

einmal die Woche

is only colloquial and I wouldn't use this in written German.

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