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Questions tagged [time]

For questions about indicating time by means other than inflecting verbs. Use [tenses] for the latter.

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Question regarding Präsens (repeated condtions)

In German and also in English people use Präsens to express something that happens regularly right? I have seen something like: "Wir helfen anderen Menschen, die alles verloren haben." but I ...
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Question regarding the general use of Präteritum/Perfekt in German

I have seen people write like this: Bist du der Junge, der meine Tasche gestohlen hat? but also Warst du der Junge, der meine Tasche gestohlen hat? Das war mein Vortrag, vielen Dank ...
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Imperfective Aspect in German “not since” constructions

I was recently forced to confess, in German, that I haven't spoken in a while: Ich habe seit sechs Jahren kein Deutsch gesprochen Immediately I realized this was wrong, and felt inclined to say: ...
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Indirekte Rede im Indikativ

Wie ich im Internet und im Buch gelesen habe, benutzt man den Konjunktiv 1 und 2, wenn man das Gesagte wiedergeben will. Ich habe auch gelesen, dass man zum selben Zweck in der gesprochenen Sprache ...
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Accusative with dates? [duplicate]

I was wondering when the accusative is used with dates, and if so, do the ordinal numbers decline like adjectives? E.g. Montag den ersten Januar (acc) ... why not Montag der erste Januar? (nom)
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Translating American time zones to German

Three parts to my question: In Germany, would our American time zones still be referred to as things like Mountain Daylight Time or do other countries have different names for regions but keep ...
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All ways to write tausendmal?

I've got a few songs with the term tausendmal in them. So far I've seen tausendmal, tausend Mal, tausend mal, 1000 mal. I looked on the internet and also found 1000-mal Are all these acceptable and ...
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Zeitreihe: Übersetzung von „Seasonal-Adjustement“ und „Seasonal-Differencing“

Does someone know how to translate the two following technical words into German? "Seasonal-Adjustement" and "Seasonal-Differencing". For more context you might look at Zeitreihenanalyse. When dealing ...
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Jeden Tag - Doing something daily [closed]

I'm wanting to confirm if the following is correct to say: Jeden Tag auch ist wichtig zu üben. I tried following Time Manner Place - but it still seems wrong. It should say "Also, its important ...
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Difference between “ständig”, “immer noch”, “immer wieder”, “immerwährend”, “immerfort”, “nach wie vor” and “unaufhörlich”

I've been wondering if I can use these interchangeably in German: ständig immer noch immer wieder immerwährend immerfort nach wie vor unaufhörlich They all translate to still, ...
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Position of the time in a sentence

Ich habe mich gestern mit dir getroffen vs Ich habe mich mit dir gestern getroffen. The position of "gestern" is changed. Are both correct? Or time should always be before the objects in german?
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Talking about specific weeks

DE EN ISO 8601 and its local German predecessors define a calendar week, Kalenderwoche, as a specific seven-day span in a certain year. Since the 1970s at least, the calendar week is understood as ...
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When to use viertel vor sechs and when to use drei viertel sechs?

I am a German language beginner. I understand that, in principle, the time 17:45 could be referred to (informally, unofficially) as either "Viertel vor sechs" ("a quarter to six") or "dreiviertel ...
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Time/Date formats in German

I aim to translate an automated system that will provide spoken phrases to callers, including prompts about when a person will be back from an appointment. I don't know German, but I am trying to ...
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Why is “den” used in "am Montag, den 10. August''?

This question also has an answer here (in German): Am Samstag, dem/den It's more logical to me to be "am Montag, dem 10. August" since without specifying Monday, I would say "am 10. August" ...
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This/last/next year/month/week in German

I wonder if "in diesem Jahr" is fully interchangeable with "dieses Jahr" when used as an adverbial modifier of time. And can one also say, "in letztem Jahr" and "letztes Jahr" and "in nächstem Jahr" ...
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Asking the date vs. the day of the week in German

In English, if you ask someone "what date is it?" or "what's the date?", you'll get an answer like "the 20th of September". If you ask "what day is it?", you'll get an answer like "Monday", "Tuesday", ...
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Am Samstag, dem/den

In einem Hueber-Trainer steht Folgendes: Am Samstag, den 23. Mai 2009, findet um 19.00 Uhr bei uns zu Hause ein kleines Geburtstagsfest statt, zu dem ich Sie sehr herzlich einlade. Ich dachte, ...
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How to say “By [year]” in German?

For example: By 2020, there will be a shortage of toilets in Germany. Or: Germany plans to eliminate all landfills by 2020. According to dict.cc and Linguee, there seems to be 3 ways of ...
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How to say “From this date to X”? [closed]

How would you say, for instance; "You may reach me on this number from today until 05.03.2020"?
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Is it grammatically correct to say “In den nächsten zwei Wochen”?

I going through a lot of confusion lately with the articles in the German language. Is it grammatically correct to say “In den nächsten zwei Wochen” instead of “In nächsten zwei Wochen”? What are ...
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German equivalents of “in my first year”

I'm thinking about the sentence In my first year, I lived in an apartment. where I simply mean that my place of residence during my first year (of college) was an apartment. I'm wondering what ...
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Difference between “inzwischen” and “jetzt”?

Are there any differences between inzwischen and jetzt? For example, when I say: Ich bin vorher krank, aber jetzt nicht. Ich bin vorher krank, aber inzwischen nicht.
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No prepositions for German years?

I wonder how is it possible that we would be able to use this sentence without any preposition or complement while it implies a dative case and we must use a preposition (such as im) or at least a ...
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Datum und Uhrzeit groß schreiben?

Normalerweise schreibt man Daten und Zeiten mit Ziffern. Am 5. Jan. um 9 Uhr. Am 5. Januar um 9.00 Uhr. Am 05.01. um 09:00. Umgangssprachlich kann der Monat (wie das Jahr) und "Uhr" oft ...
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“München, den 1.11.2016” [duplicate]

Angenommen ich schreibe heute eine Bewerbung. Unten müsste ich ja dann das Datum und den Ort hinschreiben. Also wenn ich München wohne zum Beispiel: München, den 1.11.2016 Wieso den und nicht der?...
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„Wie lange brauchen Sie?“, „Wie lange dauert?“ und „Bis wann?“

Q. Wie lange brauchen Sie für die Reparatur? A. Zwei Stunden. Aber kann man auch „bis morgen“ oder „bis in zwei Stunden“ sagen? Q.Wie lange dauert die Reparatur? A. Etwa drei Tage. ...
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“She gives her mother a flower on mothers day” — How do I say ‘on’?

I want to translate the following sentence: She gives her mother a flower on mothers day At first I wrote Sie gibt ihrer Mutter eine Blume auf Muttertag. But my German friend told me it ...
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“bis spät in die Nacht” – why accusative and not in dative?

bis spät in die Nacht Since the whole expression is temporal and uses bis, I would expect it to be in dative, i.e.: bis spät in der Nacht However, the accusative form is of common use. Why?
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Quartale benennen

Gibt es im Deutschen systematische und allgemein verständliche Namen für die vier kalendarischen Quartale? Quartal (Q1): Januar + Februar + März ≈ KW01–13 Quartal (Q2): April + Mai + Juni ≈ KW14–26 ...
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How to inflect prepositional time expressions?

Am 17. Oktober 1993 17 in the date above will be siebzenten. What about 1993? Can you please write the date above without using ciphers.
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“Ab” vs “seit” for time periods

I have a problem understanding the exact difference between ab and seit when talking about the beginning of a time period. Can someone explain it? I was corrected recently when I said: Seit dem ...
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Are both “als / während” correct use

Are both Als and Während possible terms in this sentence? Do they both express that the actions happen at the same time? Although the waiting is longer.. Als/Während er auf den Bus wartete, ...
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Must one use ‘wir haben’ to express the date rather than ‘es ist’?

In my exercises I’m reading through it says: Wir haben den dritten Oktober — It is the third of October Is this the common way to express the date in German? would no one say: Es ist der ...
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Welcher Satz ist richtig? “Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?” oder “Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer?”

I want to ask: For how long are you travelling to the Sea? Welcher Satz ist richtig? Wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? oder Für wie lange fahren Sie ans Meer? I think you need to add für.
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“Anfang April”, “Ab Anfang April”, “Ab Anfang von April”

I was reading this flyer that said: Anfang April werden ihnen die Fahrausweise nach Hause geschickt. And it got me thinking... Is it gramatically correct to simply say Anfang April? It kinda feels ...
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In February, what does Oktober d.J. mean?

I saw the following phrase in an article, written in this year: Oktober d.J. Because the full form of d.J. is dieses Jahres, would that mean October 2016? If I wanted to mean October 2015, can I ...
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Does “um” at times show the accurate time?

I think um means around, but German uses it for saying the time. Would the following expression be wrong? A: Wie spät ist es? B: Jetzt ist es schon um 20:00 Uhr.
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How to use “seit” and “vor” with “verschwinden”

The questions are on these sentences, where (a) is lifted out of this older post, and (b) is from a vocabulary workbook. I made up (c) and (d); so they may have problems. (a) Ich lebe seit einem ...
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Do I have to state “am Wochenende” in my answer?

So if I am asked the question: Was sollen Sie am Wochenende alles tun? I respond with: Ich soll schwimmen gehen. Where can I put Wochenende in my answer, or don't I need to?
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“am Freitag” vs. “letzten Freitag” vs. “am letzten Freitag”

If I want to say that something happened last Friday, I’m not sure if I should use am or not. For example: Der Brief, den ich [am] letzten Freitag bekommen habe, … F: Wann hast du meinen ...
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How do I say “once a week” vs. “twice (or more) a week”?

I want to answer the question “Wie oft räumen Sie Ihr Zimmer auf?”, saying that I clean my room once a week. I know that I have to put auf at the end of my answer (because it is a separable verb) and ...
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“Ich gehe oft ins Kino aus.” – Where to best place “abends”?

I want to answer the question “Gehen Sie abends oft aus?” saying that I go to the movies (“ins Kino”). Which of the following would I say? Abends gehe ich oft ins Kino aus. Ich gehe abends ...
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How to answer “Um wie viel Uhr gehen Sie abends ins Bett”?

Can I answer saying: Um Mitternacht gehe ich ins Bett. OR Ich gehe um Mitternacht ins Bett Which one is more idiomatic (more correct) I know that time have to precede ins Bett
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“From date - To date” to specify a period of time [closed]

How I can translate from date and to date to specify a period of time? In my web application there are a few places where a user can input the period of time when something happened in an employee's ...
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Kann man den Artikel in „zum“ in diesem Satz weglassen?

Ich bleibe vom 21. September bis zum 24. Dezember in Hamburg. Kann man den Artikel in diesem Satz weglassen? Ich bleibe vom 21. September bis zu 24. Dezember in Hamburg. Wenn man den Artikel in ...
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Temporale Präpositionen: für und über

Wann verwendet man diese Präpositionen, um Zeitangaben auszudrücken? Zum Beispiel: Meine Mutter bleibt bei uns übers Wochenende. Kann ich auch "für das Wochenende" sagen? Was ist dann der ...
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Why is “Mittwoch” not named after Odin in German?

In other Germanic languages, such as English, the fourth day of the week from Sunday is known as Wednesday after the Germanic/Norse god Woden/Oden. Yet, in German itself (and in Yiddish) that day is ...
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Correct way to write out a date range in German

What is the best way to write out a date range in German? For example, something takes place on 05. September 2015 which is how I've come accustomed to seeing it in Germany. I'm not sure as to why ...
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Übersetzung von “in late June”

The event takes place every year in late June. Wie lässt sich dieser Satz ins Deutsche übersetzen? (a) Die Veranstaltung findet jedes Jahr im späten Juni statt. Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob "im ...