3

Suppose I want to say

I took this math course last spring.

Can I say

(a) Ich habe letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt.

or

(b) Ich habe im letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt.

or

(c) Ich habe in dem letzten Frühling diesen Mathe-Kurs belegt.

1
  • Statt "Ich habe ... belegt" empfehle ich "Ich belegte". Sep 23 '13 at 12:38
3

You can say either of a) and b). c) is not used, because in dem is merged to im.

a) is preferred, if you don't want to emphasize, that the course was taken embedded into an atmosphere/environment of spring, but just as an approximate date.

b) would be preferred the other way around.

3
  • 3
    I don't feel any difference in meaning between a and b.
    – chirlu
    Sep 22 '13 at 19:13
  • @chirlu There's no essential change in meaning, just verb case (Dat, Akk).
    – Kevin
    Sep 23 '13 at 5:29
  • @Kevin: Agreement. The change in meaning is only a slight one, no essential one.
    – Toscho
    Sep 23 '13 at 16:57

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.