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As I am learning German on my own there are a lot of things I do not fully understand. One of those things is the use of geht um. Which I think it means something like about (it's about).
The problem is that I have seen this structure with different words but with a similar meaning (not sure though).

Examples:

An Weihnachten geht es um Liebe etc.
Beim Leben geht es nicht um das Geld etc.
An Halloween geht es um Kostümierung etc.
Worum geht es an Weihnachten?

My 2 questions are:

  1. Is there any rule to know when to use beim or an?
  2. What if I leave out beim and an and just say, for example:

    Weihnachten geht es um ...

I guess that, maybe, an is used with especial events and beim with nouns or verbs? Like in the example living is not about; but I do not know if I am correct or if I can use an and beim in any case.

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please try to edit your question to make it more readable. you should try to visually stress your question(s) and examples. > blockquote is a good tool to do so –  Vogel612 Oct 23 '13 at 7:22
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Also, which preposition to chose does not depend on the "es geht um" construct and thus the opening question is misleading. –  divby0 Oct 23 '13 at 13:24

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alright, one after the other:

1)

Yes there is a rule, and you almost guessed right concerning an.
"An" is used when it is about something in a temporally defined "moment"
examples:

Am (an dem) Montag geht es um [...]
An Ostern / Weihnachten / Neujahr / usw.

"Bei" on the other hand is used in all other cases, except the one at 2).

Beim (bei dem) Meeting geht es um [...]
Beim Treffen / Leben / Arbeiten / usw.

2)

This actually happens quite often. One can see this in combination with fixed names:

Merkel geht es um die Fortführung ihrer Politik.
Microsoft geht es bei der Übernahme von Nokia darum, [...]

Random phrase:

"es geht [etwas] um" is a fixed expression. When "etwas" is some illness it can be translated as:

Recently everyone's been having [some illness]

other things to set as [etwas]

Angst, Gerüchte, ...

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In 2), the proper names are in the dative case, as becomes apparent when they are replaced by pronouns: "Ihr geht es um die Fortführung...", "Ihm geht es um ..." –  elena Oct 28 '13 at 9:49

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