Morgen gehe ich zur Schule.

Morgen gehe ich zum Fußballspiel.

In both cases the relevant questions would begin with "wohin". So why does the first sentence require zur and the second zum?

Isn't the dative masculine and neuter forms of the definite article "dem"? And zu + dem = zum. So why is "Schule" preceded by "zur" (zu+der)?

I searched Google and I am not so sure if Schule is masculine.. So if that is the case everything is ok, I am just no sure.

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    Fussballspiel would be one single word.
    – tofro
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 8:34
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    @TonyTannous You can use [Duden](www.duden.de/suchen/dudenonline/). Enter the word in the search field above and check the gender.
    – IQV
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 8:47
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    Die Schule is feminin! Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 15:34

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"Die Schule" is feminine and that explains why in the Dativ it is "zu der Schule" or contracted "zur Schule". If you are not sure about the gender of a noun, maybe it helps more to check in a dictionary than to just google, e.g., use Duden.


"Die Schule" is feminine, so it is "zu der Schule" or "zur Schule".

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