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I'm confused about the correct case to use in a temporal complement: do you need the accusative?

I'm asking about the expression of a well determined time (that does not continue). Examples may be:

In summer I always go swimming

Last December, it snowed a lot

You'll have a job in 2014

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Time indications including nouns are often introduced using a preposition (in, an). If we are talking about a fixed point in time, the preposition will need Dative.

There are many instances of time indications that don't have neither preposition nor article:

Letzen Montag war ich schwimmen.

Nächstes Jahr fahre ich in den Urlaub.

Diese Woche habe ich frei.

Those are in Accusative.

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Is it "fahre ich"? Or can you avoid writing the subject? –  martina Jul 22 '13 at 12:03
    
Oops... no you can't :). That is a mistake, sorry –  Emanuel Jul 22 '13 at 12:05
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