My books says:

  1. Time expressions go in the accusative.
  2. Feminine adjectives without article take the declension -e in the accusative.

Then what is going on with "nächster Woche" in the following sentence?

Ich möchte für Dienstagabend nächster Woche einen Tisch reservieren.

Nächster Woche is a time expression, Woche is feminine and nächster is an adjective. Following the rules it should be nächste Woche.

How do I make sense of it?

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für Dienstagabend nächster Woche

"nächster Woche" is a genitive within this whole accusative object. Therefore the different ending. E.g. as direct accusative object "für nächste Woche" would be correct, as you expected.

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    Could you elaborate please?. I am a beginner. How do I recognize it is genitive? Genitive is used for posession, right, (which i don't see here)? The whole expression" für Dienstagabend nächster" since to be a single answer for the question Wan? Dienstagabend nächster Woche Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 15:37
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    @juan carlos vega oliver - Possession is just one use case. Here you give a closer specification: it's not just any Tuesday evening but the Tuesday evening of next week. You see, in English it's a genitive structure, too: next week's Tuesday.
    – mic
    Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 15:43
  • Then I should be able to write using "von" and the dative instead of the genitive: für Dienstagabend von nächster (in dative) Woche . Would that be correct? Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 15:58
  • @juan carlos vega oliver - That's talk you may actually hear in Germany but grammar books (-> tests) will probably not let you get away with it. So, officially it's wrong and sounds a bit weird (unnecessary complicated), too.
    – mic
    Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 16:12

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