It found, it is "am Mittag", but "um Mitternacht". So that doesn't help me.

I can find examples of both "am Nachmittag" and "um Nachmittag" on the internet.

  • "am Nachmittag" means the exact time, "um Nachmittag" means only a rough estimation. – peterh Dec 8 '17 at 15:37
  • @peterh: But you will use "um" for exact times: "Wir treffen uns um Viertel nach drei." is an exact time. "Um Nachmittag" sounds very strange. I wouldn't use it. In addition, "Nachmittag" is always an approximate time indication. – clemens Dec 8 '17 at 15:41
  • @clemens Well, you are right! I think "um" means a rough estimation only in space. – peterh Dec 8 '17 at 15:46
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    please give example findings of "um Nachmittag" – Hubert Schölnast Dec 8 '17 at 16:43
  • @peterh Wir fahren jedes Jahr um Ostern in Skiurlaub. – user unknown Dec 8 '17 at 22:47

It is "am Nachmittag", since it describes not one specific time, but a time interval.

Am Morgen, am Mittag, am Abend

Um Mitternacht (exactly 00:00), um 5 Uhr, um 12 Uhr am Mittag

I don't know where you found examples for "um Nachmittag", I didn't find any. Of course, one could make a construction like

Er kontruierte einen Satz, um "Nachmittag" nach "um" zu sagen.

but oviously this is completely different.

One could possibly also say

Wir treffen uns so um den Nachmittag herum.

what is also a strange construction. (I am actually not sure if this is correct at all, one would use "gegen Nachmittag" to express this.)

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