Guten Tag -- why the -en accusative adjective ending

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CacaoSeeds

Senior Member
US
en - us
Hello,

I don't understand why Guten Tag! has an -en ending (indicating accusative). Is it short for some longer accusative phrase?
 
  • Cpt.Eureka

    Senior Member
    German
    Hi,

    you're right, it's the short form of "Ich wünsche Ihnen/Dir einen guten Tag." It's the same in "Guten Morgen." and "Guten Abend."
     
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