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Der Dienstagabend is a noun, but somehow used in an adverbial way here - why is it capitalized?

Is it the same like saying "Sie kommt nachher"? (Although noone would write "Sie kommt Nachher", from "das Nachher"...)

What's the name of this grammatical construct? :)

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In the traditional spelling, it is Sie kommt Dienstag abend. –  chirlu Oct 3 '13 at 16:17

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The adverbial version of Dienstagabend is dienstagabends. The former is a noun, the latter an adverb. The former should be capitalized, the second shouldn't. Nevertheless they differ in meaning:

Sie kommt Dienstagabend

means that she comes once, when? This (or specified by the context) Dienstagabend, which is not an adverb, but a time complement. On the other hand

Sie kommt dienstagabends

means, she usually comes on tuesday afternoons.

With nachher, it seems the inverse process: das Nachher is a nominalized adverb nachher.

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Ok - do you know how this grammatical construction that is used to use a noun as a time complement is called? It seems to be quite limited, as you for example cannot say "Sie kommt drei" but "Sie kommt um drei". –  Bernardo Straite Oct 3 '13 at 13:59
    
@BernardoStraite I don't think there is a name for that construction. It's just a temporal complement, which in absence of a preposition has to be in accusative. As you say, for some of them you do need a preposition; for others, you don't: 1989 fing die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands an But Am 3. Oktober 1990 betratt die DDR zur BRD. –  c.p. Oct 3 '13 at 16:34

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