um also means around, so why does I am going around ten? Does it only mean around when being used for location?
Yes, also see my post above. :-)
But you can say:
"Ich gehe etwa um 10Uhr" for around 10 o'clock.
The other version for around (a certain time) is to say:
"gegen 10" with, or without Uhr.
Hilfreiche Antwort, wie immer!
Gern geschehen. :-)
Also, duolingo now has a hovering explanation if you try to put in "around ten o'clock" as an answer:
"um zehn (Uhr)" = at ten (o'clock)
"ungefähr um zehn (Uhr)" = around ten (o'clock)
P.S. ...don't try it ;)
Hmm, "I am going around ten" wasn't accepted, but it is something I might say in English too. I'm assuming "um" is more of a specific time indicator in this case though.
'around ten' would be 'gegen zehn'
If you say: "Um ... Uhr" it means
"At the hour, -sharp" in German.
You wouldn't say that at a party, except your taxi or bus flight is booked or you have to go at a certain point in time.
Yeah I wrote that too. I guess it must be true about German punctuality. : )
I was thinking the same, but I think that you would use ungefähr or possibly rund in that context.
im am going around 10 should be correct aswell!
What is the difference between um and an?
Does "um" is any sort of contraction? Or not?
No - "um" is not a contraction. It just means "at" when used with an expression of time (um 12 Uhr = at 12 o'clock).
And don't be late (like I always do)... I heard germans hate it!
Is ''um'' more used for time? what about an? or bei... They all seem to be translatable also to ''at''
I put 'I go at ten'...thought it was a little harsh to mark that wrong.