German Adverbs of Time – Level A1 and A2

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German Adverbs of Time

German adverbs of time are words like now, today, or soon that all describe time or express when an event or action takes place. We’ve compiled this guide to help you understand and learn the correct way to use the German adverbs of time. Let’s have a closer look below. Learn and enjoy the German language with Jabbalab! 🙂

 

German Adverbs of Time – Level A1

Adverb Meaning
bald soon
gestern yesterday
heute today
immer always
jetzt now
lange long
morgen tomorrow
nie never
oft often
sofort immediately


German Adverbs of Time – Level A2

Adverb Meaning
da then
danach afterwards
dann then
einmal once
früher before, formerly
manchmal sometimes
meistens mostly
noch still
schon already
übermorgen the day after tomorrow
vorbei over
vorgestern the day before yesterday
wieder again
zuerst first


Some more Adverbs

You can also express days of the week and few other nouns that are related to time as adverbs. You simply add the letter s to the end of the noun.

For example:
montags ⇨ on Mondays
dienstags ⇨ on Tuesdays
morgens ⇨ in the morning
mittags ⇨ at noon
nachmittags ⇨ in the afternoon
abends ⇨ in the evening

Example sentences:

Ich arbeite abends. ⇨ I work in the evening.
Er spielt nachmittags oft Golf. ⇨ He often plays golf in the afternoon.
Ich spiele mittwochs Fußball. ⇨ I play football on Wednesdays.


Word Order with Adverbs

In English, adverbs can appear in different places within a sentence.

For example:
Tomorrow is my birthday.
My birthday is tomorrow.

That’s the same in German.

  • Adverbs of time can be placed at the beginning of the sentence.
  • For example:
    Heute fliegen wir nach England. ⇨ We fly to England today.
    Morgen spielen wir Fußball. ⇨ We’ll play football tomorrow.

  • But this is not fixed.
  • For example:
    Wir fliegen heute nach England.
    Wir spielen morgen Fußball.

Note

If you start a sentence with an adverb of time the subject (ich, du, er…) and the verb will swap places. This rule applies to all adverbs.

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