and welcome back of our epic series on how to talk about time in German, today with part 5. And today, we’ll start talking about the really interesting parts of the field because today it’s time for… drumroll…
German Time Prepositions
Now, if you’re not sure what a preposition actually is, then don’t worry. You’re not alone.
The long and short of it is that prepositions are words that relate entities in a sentences to each other.
Here’s a really iconic example:
“The table is on the cup”.
Here, the preposition tells us what the spatial relation is between the cup and the table… which is really messed up, by the way.
But of course there are all kinds of domains besides space and one important one is time.
So time prepositions basically relate things in the time domain and today, we’ll look at the important German ones, see what they express and also go over a few really common mistakes English speakers tend to make.
If you want to know more about prepositions in general, I recommend my article about them. I’ll leave a link below.
But now, let’s jump right in and learn some time prepositions. Yeay!