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"zu" German translation




Zu is a German preposition that can be translated to 'to', 'at', 'in', 'with' or 'for' in English. It is used to indicate direction, location, purpose, manner or time.

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Meaning: to, towards

Ich gehe zu der Schule.

I am going to the school.

Meaning: at, in

Ich bin zu Hause.

I am at home.

Meaning: for

Ich kaufe ein Geschenk zu Weihnachten.

I am buying a gift for Christmas.

Meaning: too

Das ist zu viel.

That is too much.

Meaning: with

Ich trinke meinen Kaffee gerne mit Milch und Zucker.

I like to drink my coffee with milk and sugar.


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A1: Ich gehe zu meinem Freund.

A1: I am going to my friend's place.

A1: Wir fahren zu den Bergen.

A1: We are driving to the mountains.

A1: Sie läuft zu ihrer Mutter.

A1: She is walking to her mother.

B1: Ich habe vor, zu studieren.

B1: I plan on studying.

B1: Er versucht, zu schlafen.

B1: He is trying to sleep.

B1: Sie beginnt, zu arbeiten.

B1: She starts working.

C1: Nachdem ich zu Abend gegessen hatte, ging ich spazieren.

C1: After having dinner, I went for a walk.

C1: Wenn ich genug Geld hätte, würde ich gerne um die Welt reisen.

C1: If I had enough money, I would like to travel around the world.

C1: Bevor ich ins Bett gehe, lese ich immer ein Buch.

C1: Before going to bed, I always read a book.

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The preposition zu is one of the most common and versatile words in the German language. It has many different meanings and uses depending on the context in which it appears. One of its primary functions is to indicate direction, such as when someone is going to a particular place or destination. For example, Ich gehe zu der Schule (I am going to the school).

Another common use of zu is to indicate location or position, such as when something is located at a particular place. For example, Das Buch liegt zu Hause (The book is at home). Zu can also be used to express purpose or intention, such as when someone does something for a specific reason. For example, Ich fahre zu meiner Oma (I am driving to my grandma's house).

In addition to these uses, zu can also be used to indicate manner or style, such as when someone does something in a certain way. For example, Er spricht zu schnell (He speaks too fast). Finally, zu can be used to indicate time or duration, such as when an event occurs at a specific time or for a specific period. For example, Wir treffen uns um 8 Uhr zu Abendessen (We are meeting at 8 o'clock for dinner).

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