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"Gestern ging ich in die Kirche."

Translation:Yesterday I went to church.

November 15, 2017



So is the reason that 'in' doesn't change the article for 'Kirche' to the dative 'der' here because there is 'movement from one place to another' (per https://www.duolingo.com/skill/de/Dative-Prepositions) ?


Yes. You would ask "Wohin?" ("Where to?"), thus you need the fourth case => in die Kirche. If you asked "Wo?" ("Where?), e.g. "Wo sind wir?" (without a movement), it would be the third case ( => in der Kirche)


in die Kirche = "into the church" (accusative case)
in der Kirche = "within the church" (dative case)

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