an/zu

Byron-K21

Byron-K21

Hi, I'm confused when to use "an" and when to use "zu" in referencing directions. Lesson 10.3 shows examples of both but I don't understand the distinction. In both sentences below, I think Friedrichplatz is in the accusative. Wie komme ich zum Friedrichsplatz? Nach ungefähr zwei hundert Metern kommen Sie an den Friedrichsplatz thanks, Byron
Paul-Weber

Paul-Weber

Hey Byron, You are right about being confused. There is a little mistake in the lesson for the last sentence but in some regions in Germany it is fine to say it like that. The right way to say it can be: Nach ungefähr zwei hundert Metern kommen Sie an. Nach ungefähr zwei hundert Metern kommen Sie zum Friedrichsplatz. Nach ungefähr zwei hundert Metern erreichen Sie den Friedrichsplatz. "Wie komme ich zum Friedrichsplatz?" is correct. "Zum" is the shortage of "zu dem". It is the dative case. Gruß Paul
Byron-K21

Byron-K21

Dative case because "zu" is a dative preposition. Klar. Danke Paul. Regards, Byron

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