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Sie haben immer vor 9 Uhr abends gegessen.

Translation

They always ate before 9 o'clock in the evening.



Analysis


Sie
     pron. you (polite; singular and plural)
     pron. she
     pron. it (when the object/article/thing/animal etc., referred to, is feminine (die))
     pron. they; them
     es
          pron. it (referring to things)
          pron. he (with reference to male creatures, people etc. that are grammatically neuter)
          pron. she (with reference to female creatures, people etc. that are grammatically neuter)
          pron. (for impersonal verbs) it
          art. (regional, colloquial) alternative form of das
haben
     v. to have; to possess, to own
     v. to have; to hold, to contain
     v. (auxiliary, with a past participle) to have forms the perfect and past perfect tense
     v. (reflexive, colloquial) to make a fuss
     v. (colloquial, with es) and m to be occupied with, to like
immer
     adv. always
     adv. (with comparative) more and more
     adv. (colloquial, unstressed) used to emphasize another adverb of time, which itself is strongly stressed
vor
     prep. before
     prep. in front of
     prep. ago
     prep. because of
9
Uhr
     n-f. (invariable) hour as a unit of clock time; o'clock
     n-f. clock, watch (timing device)
     n-f. (in compounds) meter (a kind of measuring instrument, typically for water and gas consumption)
abends
     adv. at night, p.m.
gegessen
     v. past participle of essen
     essen
          v. to eat
          v. (intransitive) to eat; to dine


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