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"Ich gehe zur Schule."

Translation:I am going to school.

January 2, 2015



Does this mean "I am in school" as in you are studying, or is it the act of walking to the school?


The act of walking.


Not necessarily. It can have the general meaning that you are a student at the moment. (Was arbeitest du? Ich gehe [noch] zur Schule. - What are you working? I [still] go to school.)


That would be. Ich bin in der Schule.


I am in school > Ich bin in der Schule


Why do we use dative here (zur = zu+der, I think?) when the action is moving from outside the school to inside/next to the school?


That's the rule for prepositions that can take either the dative or accusative case. Some prepositions always only take one or the other, regardless of context.

'Zu' is always followed by the dative.


would it be wrong to use "zu Schule"?


I think we must use zu + dativ i.e. zu+ (der Schule)==> zur Schule


So zu is not like von? Since von can only be associated with the masculine neuter form so becomes vom but with feminine and plural it stays von der and von den but the zu case is not like that?


That's right; zu + dem = zum, zu + der = zur. But zu den stays as two words.

The difference is probably because zu ends in a vowel but von does not.


The preposition Zu Always is dative, that is a thumb rule, but with other prepositions tha can be both like IN, AN for example, than you must do the WO/WOHIN question, "ich gehe ins Kino"(Acc), "ich bin in der Schule"(Dat, there isn't movement)


So what's the difference between zur and zum?


The gender:

  • zur = zu der
  • zum = zu dem


what about "denen" for plural?


it keeps separate: zu denen


is this combining of the constant two words like "zur" in this case a compulsory to make a correct sentence. Or can I also make a good sentence with the two words not combined.


You do not need to use tje contraction to correctly form the sentence, however, it is best to learn them. German speakers use these contractions more often than English speakers use contractions like "can't" and so not knowing them is a serious detriment to understanding the language.


"Ich gehe zur Schule" means that you are generally going to a school. "Ich gehe zu der Schule" would indicate a certain school or building that you go to.


What' the difference between zu, zum, and zer?


zum = contraction of zu + dem
zur = contraction of zu + der (I assume you meant "zur", not "zer")


I have a question regarding dative preposition followed by (contracted with) a definite article... In English, we use "the" to specify a particular thing, e.g., the school. Hence in this example, does it mean "I go to school" or "I go to the school" or it can be both depending on context?


"Ich gehe zur Schule- I go to school". "Ich gehe zu der Schule-I go to this school"


why zur?, i thought if you move to place you use nach. ich gehe nach schule


'Nach' is used with continents (nach Asien), most countries (nach Ungarn) and cities/towns/villages (nach Stuttgart). And in the expression 'nach Hause' = home.
With other things "zu + article" is used ('zu der' contracts to 'zur').


Can I say "Ich gehe in Schule"?


You need a definite article, you could say "... in die Schule".


how can you see these conversations since you are not enrolled in the German course o.O ??


Good question... I was enrolled by mistake (as I am a native speaker) for a short time, that's probably why.


Hallo! What is the difference between "Ich gehe in die Schule" and "Ich gehe zur Schule"?


The difference I see is:

"Ich gehe in die Schule"
This says, "I'm going into the school."

"Ich gehe zur Schule" **(zu+der = "to the" or "to")
Says, "I'm going to school"

There is a difference between going to school and actually going in it. Ask any parent of a teenager.


"Ich gehe in die Schule" usually means that you are a pupil/student. "Ich gehe zur Schule" means both being a pupil and walking to the school right now.


Thankyou very much!!


Could this also be "Ich gehe in die Schule?" I asked a friend and she said that you should use "in" when you are actually going inside something and you use "zu" when you are visiting an actual person, a person's place, or a geographical location but not something you can actually go inside. In this case, you can go inside the school, so would you use "in die Schule" instead or does it matter?


Take a look at this link: http://www.deutsch-als-fremdsprache.de/austausch/forum/read.php?4,85730

I am copy pasting from there: " wenn man sagt: "ich gehe zur Schule", kann das entweder "ich bin ein Schüler" und gehe deswegen regelmäßig zur Schule oder "ich gehe zu irgendeiner konkreten Schule", werde aber nicht unbedingt hineingehen (ich habe z.B. ein Treffen dort, an der Schule, organisiert) bedeuten. Und wenn man sagt: "ich gehe in die Schule" kann das entweder "ich bin ein Schüler" oder "ich werde jetzt in irgendwelche konkrete Schule hineingehen" bedeuten."


Could anyone please shed some light on this? Zur is derived from zu+der. as you see der is for Masculine. Schule is Feminine. so why would they use Masculine article "Der" with Feminine Nouns??


Die is for feminine nouns in the nominative and accusative case. In the dative case, the feminine article is 'der.' Zu is always followed by the dative case.

For masculine (and neuter) nouns, it would be zu + dem, or zum.


ive heard people say "ich gehe in die schule" , how is "in the school" the same


"in die Schule" is accusative, thus it's not "in the school" (which would be "in der Schule") but rather "to school".


thanks,so if in can be used for the word to.people say."ich gehe ins kino" could you also say ich gehe zum kino


It's not that easy.

  • "zum Kino" means "to the cinema" = you go to the cinema building (but maybe you don't go inside).
  • "ins Kino" = you go inside and probably watch a film

Prepositions generally are not that easy. You can't translate them 1:1.


fair enough thanks


Whats the difference in zum and zur


GinaDonk asked the same thing, please read the other comments.


Instead of "I am going to school", I translated " I walk to school" and it has been accepted as corect. :)


And yours is the translation I also preferred.


Would it be wrong to translate it as "I attend school?"


Why not Ich gehe ZUM schule??


Schule is a feminine noun. Zu is always followed by the dative case. The dative article for feminine nouns is 'der.' Zu + der = zur.


is it possible to use zum instead of zur?


With masculine or neuter nouns yes. Not with feminine nouns like Schule.


I see, thanks.


Zu+der= Zur. am i Right?. as far as i remember Schule is Feminine and the article for Feminine is "Die" and Not "Der", so why is der included in Zur for Feminine??


Der is the dative article for feminine nouns. The object of the preposition zu always takes the dative case. If it were a masculine or neuter word, the article would be dem, and it would contract to zum.


thanks for clear things up.


How does one know which "to" to use when in a sentence? I think there are around 3 ways to say it but how do you know which one to use?


If you mean zu, zur and zum, then zur is a contraction of zu + der and zum is a contraction of zu + dem.

So if you need to say zu der, use zur. If you need to say zu dem, use zum. Otherwise just use zu.


I know that, I'm thinking about words like nach. That usually means to.


Because Schule is feminine.

zum is a contraction of zu + dem, and dem is the dative case article for masculine or neuter nouns.

Schule is feminine, so you need zur, a contraction of zu + der.


if schule is feminine, then why do guys go there?


The grammatical gender of a word has little to do with the meaning of a word.

Kind of like how monosyllabic is a long word but refers to something short.


The guy sounds like he's saying Schul, and the lady sounds like she's saying Schule. Very different and unacceptable.


Hi Duolingo. Thank you for the learning tools, it has been a real help thus far. I do have one problem though, when listening to the voice over, the words are pronounced so quickly that it is difficult to understand. Thanks again


in all of the lessons where this audio sentence is pronounced, the speaker does not say "zur" he repeatedly says, "zua" - this is on two differnt computers and on a smartphone.


the speaker does not say "zur" he repeatedly says, "zua"

That's a very common pronunciation of the sound /r/ after a vowel.

Pronouncing /r/ as a consonant in that position is less common.


The audio here sounds a lot like, "shul." In fact, there are many small differences between the German taught in this course, and what I learned in school, e.g., I learned "Feder" for pen (I love learning new words, especially fun ones; I also see that Kugelschreiber refers to a ballpoint pen), learned to pronounce "Schule" as "shul-e;" I was aware of "tun (which always sounded like "do" to me)," but learned that people almost always use, "machen." Also, I learned to use the genitive case to form possessives. I was never acquainted with using "s" before this course. Has German usage changed so much since Reagan was president?


How do you know if what is wanted is "I am going to school" or "I am going to the school"?


How do you know if what is wanted is "I am going to school" or "I am going to the school"?


Without context, both translations are plausible and should be accepted.


Why the sentence "I go to school" is not correct?


Why can I not say "I attend (to?) the school?"


Doesn't this basically mean that they are walking to school but not actually going inside?


the translation should say I am going to the school. the way it is now just causes confusion for nothing.


But when I went to school, I never told myself that I was going, "to the school." I always used, "to school." I'm sure that "to the school" is grammatically correct; the other is just how German folk generally think and talk.


There's no way this guy is saying "ich" here. "Gehe" was really hard to make out, too.

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