"Er isst am Mittag."

December 31, 2012


Why do you say "am Mittag" instead of "an Mittag"? The literal translation is "He eats at the noon." Why does this noun require a "the"?

December 31, 2012

It's just a set rule. You always say "am + Tag" and "im + Monat" and "im + Sommer/Winter/etc". It doesn't sound right in English, but that's just the rule.

December 31, 2012

But isn't that because all names of days, months and seasons have male sex so it is short term of an dem?

January 6, 2013

am = an dem

im = in dem

zum = zu dem

January 9, 2013

can you explain zu dem.

March 18, 2013

It can mean "to the", for instance. What is there to explain?

March 18, 2013

So it's supposed to be translated "midday" not "mid day".. I guess I have to practice my English as well.

February 9, 2013

I answered Er ist am Mittag and it counted me right lol

March 16, 2013
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