The prepositions ‘zu’ and ‘nach’

Whist learning German, grammatical queries do come up. I would like use this opportunity to illustrate another topic that students ask me during their German courses: What is the different usage of the prepositions ‘zu’ and ‘nach’? The preposition ‘nach’ can mean after when used with time; for example: Nach dem Fußballspiel gehen wir ein […]

The prepositions ‘an’ and ‘auf’

During my lessons I see students struggle with the German prepositions ‘an’ and ‘auf’. Both are used to describe locations and require either the Accusative or the Dative case. If we can ask ‘wohin’ (where to), then the preposition requires the Accusative and if we ask ‘wo’ (where) then the Dative is required. This begs […]