Preposition um

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The preposition "um" has the following meanings.

 

 

  temporal Example
1
accurately states a point in time, when linked to a temporal/hour indication Die Veranstaltung beginnt um 20 Uhr.
2
states time approximately, often combined with the word herum (and always with temporal/hour indications) Wir treffen uns wieder um Weihnachten (herum).

 

 

  spatial Example
1
indicates a circular movement around something (circular or semi-circular orbit) Sie fuhren mit dem Boot um die Insel (herum).
2
indicates that someone or something is surrounded by something Eine Kette um den Hals tragen.

 

 

  other meanings Example
1

with words designating quantity or measure, it indicates the difference

Der Rock wurde um 5 cm gekürzt.