How would one say: "I like Fridays."? Ich mag die Freitage. Ich mag Freitage.
Ich glaube "ich mag freitags" Days and months with an s added mean that day/month in general.
Edited to de-capitalise freitags.
Sounds like an instance of what is called the adverbial genitive, of which even English has some vestiges. I believe "I work nights" and even the word "sometimes" (note the "s" at the end of each, English didn't always have the rule of the apostrophe to mark a genitive "s") are instances of this.
This is interesting, thank you. I have never heard of this but it makes sense and fits in with German and the roots of English. I had always assumed that "I work nights" and "sometimes" were a pluralisation (and in both these examples a regular occurrence implies the plural). Perhaps the key is to find a phrase with an appropriate noun with an irregular plural. I must look into it further.
Aren't those examples simply plurals... rather than possessive / 'genitive'. Because "I work night's" doesn't make any sense to me. It's like, I work each night -> all the nights -> the nights -> nights. But you sound like you have some deeper knowledge! Would be interested if you could provide a grammar page or explanation for how these are examples of (archaic?) genitive case.
"Ich mag den Freitag.".... it would be more like- i like friday but would work
Why is it den and not dem? I know it should be accusative but in other exercises days of the week have been taking dative
So in general can you interchange the and that when they have the der articles?
This leads to to the advanced topic of demonstrative pronouns (yep a simple der has such complicated grammar) ....but a simpler answer for now is that "I like the Friday" doesn't make much sense unless you know which Friday we're talking about eg"Thursday the 2nd is awkward but I like the Friday" in which case "that Friday" is a bit better english anyway
I'm guessing it's only in the case where the article is optional. E.g. "Ich mag Freitag" would be acceptable because it is a proper noun. But because there are also many Fridays you could also add an article.
I like the Friday and I like that Friday are different. In the first clause "Friday" is emphasized. In the second clause "that" is emphasized
eg. I like the Friday rather than the Thursday I like that Friday which happens to be the 20th June rather than the Friday which happens to be the 27th June I assume that this distinction is not made in German.
Are they ever going to get Den and Dem sounding different? Or am I the only one who can not hear the difference?
I thought dem and den very close on the audio too, but only den would make sense in this context
Nice try but no. Freitag comes from the Germanic/Nordic God Freya or Freia. The English word Friday comes from exactly the same origins.
"Ich mag dem Freitag." seems to makes more sense to my first language of English speaker's ear hearing this while trying to make sense of Dat/Gen cases.