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Wir warten "Auf den bus" or "auf dem bus"?

In Rosetta Stone it is "auf den".so it is accusative,but why it couldn't be "auf dem bus"? I found a sentence which says"ich gehe in den park" is it wrong to use "zum park" instead?

December 28, 2017

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"Auf" followed bei dative means "on top of something". "Wir warten auf dem Bus" would mean that you are on top of the bus, waiting for something ;)

December 28, 2017

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Thank u:),could I say "für den bus"instead?

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"auf etwas warten" is a pretty fixed phrase, so "für etwas warten" would not be correct.

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You can't. "warten" has tbe fixed preposition "auf". See below.

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The verb "warten", when used as a transitive verb, has the fixed preposition "auf" and requires the accusative:

"Wir warten auf den Bus": We're waiting for the bus.

If no accusative is used, then "warten" will be interpreted as intransitive. The preposition "auf" becomes a local preposition:

"Wir warten auf dem Bus": We're waiting on top of the bus.

List oof verbs with fixed prepositions: https://www.deutschakademie.de/online-deutschkurs/forum/index.php?topic=86.0

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And it can also be used transitively without a preposition, but then the meaning changes to "mind" or "maintain".

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