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Without using numbers the date reads as follows: am siebzehnten Oktober neunzehnhundertdreiundneunzig


Generally, I – as a German – would say that things that will happen in future are composed with ab. Ab morgen gehe ich arbeiten. Things that began in the past but span to the present are composed with seit. Seit gestern gehe ich arbeiten.


"Als" can be translated as "when." Während can be translated as "for" or "during." "Als" refers to a "point in time." Während refers to a "span" of time, or time period. It is when referring to "short" periods of time that the two overlap.

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