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Is there any preference to using "Schönes Wochenende" or "Schönen Wochenende" as a parting statement? Are they both allowed, or is there a preference for one over the other? Different people have told me that one or the other is OK, but that the other is wrong. This leaves me highly confused, and I often find myself going back and forth between the two.

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The correct form is "schönes Wochenende". Wochenende is "das" neuter Kind regards Georg Jonca –  user3120 Jul 12 '13 at 18:39
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Please, edit your question and specify in which context you want to use it. For instance, only the first one makes sense in case you want to wish somebody a nice weekend. –  falkb Jul 12 '13 at 19:28
    
Actually already given in the Kevin's answer, but just to state it clear: as a standalone phrase you can only say "Schönes Wochenende" where you drop "Ich wünsche dir ein". The other one, "schönen Wochenende", cannot stand alone! –  Em1 Jul 12 '13 at 21:27

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Yes, they are both gramatically allowed in the right context, and there is a difference between them regarding the use of the neuter "[das] Wochenende".

"Schönes Wochenende" is singular Nominative or Accusative, like "[ein] schönes Wochenende".

"Schönen Wochenende" is singular Dative or Genitive, and you'd probably attach a definite article or prepositional phrase to it like "dem/des/am schönen Wochenende".

If, for example, you want to wish a friend a nice weekend, you would say, "Schönes Wochenende!" as if to say "Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende!"

Here's a link I found that gives some different examples and translations of this phrase: http://www.linguee.de/deutsch-englisch/uebersetzung/eine+sch%F6nen+wochenende.html

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While being German my Grammar is a bit rusty if put to real test, however, in a parting statement you never say "schönen Wochenende".

You would only use "schönen Wochenende" in a descriptive context, like - on a nice weekened we could go for a picknick - "An einem schönen Wochenende könnten wir...".

Generally accepted on parting, casual "Schönes Wochenende!" or more formal "Ich wünsche Dir/Ihnen ein schönes Wochenende".

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