To say "every evening", they say "jeden Abend". Abend is male. So I would have said "jeder Abend". "jeden" sounds like of accusative form. Why is it jeden?
Add : I mistakenly said jeden is dative, but corrected it to be accusative.

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Time specifications frequently require the accusative, especially if coming without a preposition. See here for more examples. Also there is no dative to recognise in your example.

  • I saw this sentence(from Vier Freunden) : Jeden Abend trafen sie sich, um die Ereignisse des Tages miteinander auszutauschen. From your answer I can imagine Germans say the time adverbe with a nuance of object (accusative), so I'll try to say it with the same sense. 😊
    – Chan Kim
    Nov 22, 2017 at 15:49
  • But it's strange we say 'eines Tages' (genetive). Like saying it is of a day. I'll just memorize. Hmm.
    – Chan Kim
    Nov 22, 2017 at 15:54

The behaviour of jeder is well discribed here. If you don't understand everything there just look at the first table.

According to that, jeden is the accusative form of jeder, not the dative.

So you can't decide in general if it is jeden Abend or jeder Abend, it depends on the function of Abend in this sentence: is it subject, dative object, accusative object?

Here are some examples:

Every evening is the same.
Jeder Abend ist gleich.

Every evening we do the same.
Jeden Abend machen wir das Gleiche.
An jedem Abend machen wir das Gleiche.

To learn more about this topic you might look into general German grammar. For a first glance you might take this and replace every article with the respective form of jeder. This works perfectly fine, even if some sentences don't really make sense anymore ;)

  • Can you please be more descriptive, why he is right? Why is it Dativ then? What is it making Dativ?
    – Thomas
    Nov 22, 2017 at 13:30
  • You are right, I was too overhasty.
    – RoyPJ
    Nov 22, 2017 at 13:32
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    It was my mistake I said it was dative. It is accusative. I think the other answer succinctly gave me the answer that when we refer the time, they use Accusative form. I know the conjugation of jeder for the 4 cases. Thanks for the explanation.
    – Chan Kim
    Nov 22, 2017 at 15:41
  • It's not an accusative object here, it's an adverbial ("absolute") accusative.
    – RHa
    Nov 22, 2017 at 16:16
  • @Thomas: Roy gave a good example of how to use the dative. I gave an explanation about that (and the other cases) in my own answer.
    – Tom Au
    Nov 22, 2017 at 17:12

To take off on Roy's great answer, the more common constructions use either the accusative or dative cases.

"During Every evening we do the same." Here, there is an implied word, during. That's why "jed--" is not in the nominative case in German. Instead, there are two ways to render it.

An jedem Abend machen wir das Gleiche. We're using a preposition, "an," which makes jed--, jedem, putting it in the dative.

Jeden Abend machen wir das Gleiche. Here, jed-- becomes jeden, in the accusative, because there is no preposition. This is an "adverbial" accusative.

Then there is the nominative example, Jeder Abend ist gleich. Every evening is the same. (There is no implication of "during.") So "Jeder Abend" remains in its "original" (nominative) form.

  • yeah, to a non German native, 'An jedem Abend', 'Jeder Abend' in your examples are understandable. but still 'Jeden Abend' is a little strange. (because it's not an object semantically speaking). And we use 'eines Tages' to start a story which is dative. Just interesting..
    – Chan Kim
    Nov 23, 2017 at 6:36

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