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Am Morgen vs. Morgens - What Is The Difference?

Updated: Dec 28, 2023

German students sometimes think that "am Morgen" and "morgens" can be used interchangeably, but they actually communicate different things. In this blog post I explain the difference.





Am Morgen, Mittag, Nachmittag, in der Nacht are nouns that refer to one occasion and translate as in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon, and at night.


e.g. Am Morgen hat er eine wichtige Besprechung

(In the morning, he has an important meeting)


Morgens, mittags, nachmittags, abends, nachts are adverbs that are used for approximate times of day or- more frequently- for recurring events. So in the mornings, afternoons, evenings etc.


e.g. Morgens dusche ich mich und ich frühstücke.

(In the mornings, I take a shower and I eat breakfast)


The nouns can be used in combination with “heute”, “morgen, “gestern” etc.


Heute Morgen - this morning

Heute Mittag etc.


However, for obvious stylistic reasons, we do not say “Morgen Morgen” for tomorrow morning 😉. Instead we say “morgen früh” (literally tomorrow early).


To learn about other temporal prepositions in German, check out my post. You might also be interested in the related post on the difference between am meisten and meistens.










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