https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMan82

"Er isst am Mittag."

December 31, 2012

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusicMan82

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/learningdeutsch

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Milichica

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

am = an dem

im = in dem

zum = zu dem

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mahant

can you explain zu dem.

March 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olimo

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

March 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fbass

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

February 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laly

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

March 16, 2013
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