Ich sehe ihn ab und zu.

Duolingo says this means "I see him once in a while." I'm not really sure of the grammer behind this since it looks like "I see him away and to." or something odd like that.

7/9/2012, 3:37:21 AM

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As the others said - it's just a fixed idiomatic expression meaning "once in a while", "every now and then/again", "from time to time", "off and on", "occasionally" etc. There's a cute song by the German Cookie Monster (Krümelmonster) called "Kekse isst man nur ab und zu" (You [should] eat cookies only once in a while). Maybe listening to this song will help you remember this expression :)

7/9/2012, 7:37:48 AM

I think of "ab und zu" like "now and then". The idiom relates to those words :) I think its cute how direct translations are different but sort of understandable for idioms!

7/9/2012, 6:32:50 AM

Katherle, that's a super cute and fun way to remember the expression! Thanks for sharing!! :)

7/11/2012, 12:01:14 AM

Ab and zu is generally understood to mean from time to time. Once and a whole fits as well. It's more idiomatic, not literal.

7/9/2012, 4:14:54 AM

It's an idiom. Duolingo is correct. As Monkeykid said it means pretty much from time to time.

7/9/2012, 4:28:13 AM
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