Preposition with Accusative


In lesson 20.5 it says bis takes the accusative.  The example is "bis zum Morgen grauen".  If zum is a contraction for zu dem and dem is the dative, how is this then the accusative?


Strangely I asked this very question a while ago, see:

It seems that although bis takes the accusative, it is often followed by zu which always takes the dative and overrides bis.

I can't think of a worse example to use when teaching that bis takes the accusative!

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