Prepositions of time: um, von – bis

Times are often requested with the question word wann:

Wann beginnt der Kurs?

Wann arbeitest du?


To answer with a time …

  • use um, if you are talking about a specific time:
    Der Kurs beginnt um neun.
  • use von … bis …, if you are talking about a period of time:
    Ich arbeite von acht bis fünf.


Grammatical terms in German:

die Präposition: Prepositions are usually short words that connect words or groups of words together. They describe the relationship between people or things.