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Welchen Fall benutzt man mit Phrasen wie “last year”?

Zum Beispiel im englischen Satz "Last year I visited Germany.", welchen Fall benutzt man? Letztes Jahr habe ich Deutschland besucht. Letztem Jahr habe ich Deutschland besucht. Ich glaube ...
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Why Akkusativ in “dieses Jahr”, “diesen Sommer”?

"Dieses Jahr", "diese Woche", "diesen Sommer" are all answers to the question "When?". According to the rules one should use dative to answer (for example "diesER Woche"), however accusative is used. ...
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What is the best format to use when writing out dates?

What format of date is appropriate for different contexts (business, personal) in written German, nowadays? Is it the same as in English?
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Why it is “Eines Tages” and not simply “ein Tag”?

In a story I read recently, there was a sentence: Eines Tages fand Peter eine Schatzkarte! And I wonder why it is eines Tages and not ein Tag, because ein Tag is what I would say normally. Is ...
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Why is Wednesday called “Mittwoch”?

I always wondered why Wednesday is called Mittwoch in German, while the middle day of the week is actually Thursday. Wikipedia says “from Old High German mittawehha”, which means it is like that ...
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How precise is “gegen 8 Uhr”?

I often hear "dann treffen wir uns gegen 8 Uhr irgendwo". How precise is this? Is it ±5 min or ±10 min or does it depend on the situation? Are there other words which means "approximately at eight", ...
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Relative pronouns for time (span)

Hätten Sie am Dienstag zwischen 10-11 etwas Zeit, 'wann'/'wo'/'in der' ich anrufen könnte? Which relative pronoun do I have to use in the question above?
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Wie fragt man “Wie wäre es mit … 1 Uhr”?

Wie kann man eine Zeitangabe mit dem Ausdruck "wie wäre es mit" vorschlagen? "Wie wäre es mit um 1 Uhr?" -- zwei Präpositionen klingt seltsam an. "Wie wäre es mit 1 Uhr?" -- man riskiert die Antwort ...
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Temporal complement and its correct case

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: ...
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What time does “Vormittag” start and end?

This morning I read someone's message (written at 7am) saying that he likes "den frühen Vormittag". In my opinion 7am in the morning isn't Vormittag yet. Is there a definition for the time span ...
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Correct way to write out a date range in German

What is the best way to write out a date range in German? For example, something takes place on 05. September 2015 which is how I've come accustomed to seeing it in Germany. I'm not sure as to why ...
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Relative pronoun for “heute”

From Spiegel-Magazine: Zudem stellen sich heute, wo mehr als 70 Prozent eines Jahrgangs eine akademische Karriere anstreben, ganz andere Herausforderungen. In this thread, it was pointed out ...