Prepositions for talking about time in German

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Prepositions for talking about time

  • We use am for days of the week and times of day, and with Anfang (beginning) and Ende (end) when used without another noun.

Der Termin ist am Montag.

The appointment is on Monday.

Am Abend gehen wir ins Kino. 

We go to the cinema in the evening.

Mein neuer Job beginnt am 15. Juli.

My new job starts on July 15th.

Am Ende wird alles gut.

Everything will be alright in the end.

  • We use um for telling the time.

Ich stehe um 7 Uhr auf.

I get up at 7 a.m.

  • We use im for seasons or months.

Wir waren im Sommer in Frankreich.

We were in France in the summer.

Im Januar hat es geschneit.

It snowed in January.

  • No preposition is needed for years or Anfang/Ende + month.

Unsere Tochter ist 2019 geboren.

Our daughter was born in 2019.

Die Schule beginnt Ende August.

School starts in late August.

Note: for Jahrhundert (century) and Moment (moment), we use im.

Im 20. Jahrhundert wurde das Internet erfunden.

The internet was invented in the 20th century.

Magda hat im Moment keine Zeit.

Magda doesn't have time at the moment.

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