So is there a more specific way to mention a castle or palace ? Because I have very very different mental images when I hear. "He is driving to a castle" or he is driving to a palace? How would I specify that ?
You're right. Das Schloss is a palace and die Burg is the castle. A palace is more so a place of residence while castles are typically used for defense. "Er fährt zu einer Burg" or "Er fährt zu einem Schloss"
I was told Schloss also means tower as well as castle. Am i wrong? Duolingo won't mark Tower as correct.
'nach' - for place names and directions 'zu' - everything else
The verb fahren means to drive or a more general meaning of to go, to ride is the verb Reiten
In American English, you can ride the subway, an airplane, an elevator and possibly a car. In British English, riding (with no following noun) means riding a horse. Bearing in mind the posture required, we also ride (specified) things you can sit ON like a bike, motorbike or even a wave - all of these are quite active. If you are behind the wheel of a car, you are DRIVING, but a passenger can (passively) ride IN the car or ON the bus or train. If a horse is pulling your buggy, you are DRIVING, not riding it. I think that German distinguishes between riding and driving on similar lines.
The preposition 'zu' is always followed by dativ. So since it is 'das Schloss' then in the dativ case, 'das' becomes 'dem'. Therefore 'ein' becomes 'einem'. I hope this helps!
In this instance, it seems that there is only a subject (ich) and an object (Schloss) , which ordinarily would indicate that the object would take the Accusativ case (einen Schloss). Are you saying that in any instance that there is a Dativ preposition present, the object takes the Dativ case? (if so, does this apply to Accusativ prepositions as well?)
What is the difference between 'zu' and 'nach' in the context of driving somewhere or going somewhere?
I don't understand why this is in the dative case. I thought that this would be accusative.
Its because it is after the word 'zu.' The prepositions zu, von, seit, mit, aus, bei, and nach are all followed by dativ.
So Apparently, I just saw that Schloss means Close (locked etc), and Schlussel as key (or the lock-thing),
And Schloss is, Just as I remembered, a Castle/Palace (I can see both Interchangebly, since Buckingham Castle is also Buckingham Palace). Is there any link/historic coincidental? Or one of German Language way to Troll?
A castle is more defensive, whilst a palace is residential. so Bucking Palace, not Buckingham Castle
is there any differences between "Er fahrt zu einem Schloss" and "Er fährt in das schloss"?._.
I answered "is going to" instead of "is driving to" because I've seen the verb fahren being translated to going to before on Duolingo. Why was it marked wrong?
I also answered " is going to" and was marked wrong, and like you remember that Duolingo has accepted "is going to" in the past. I was taught at school to remember "Driving", "Riding", "Cycling" which are both "going to" or "traveling".
fAhrt (English Keyboard) is closer translated as "Driving" where as "going to" would be gehe zu.