1. Wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse.

  2. Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse.

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Wir gehen auf/in die gleiche Schule.

Wir gehen auf in die gleiche Klasse.

Sorry about the confusion, but the preposition may be auf or in for the school but strictly only in for the class you attend within that school.

The reason for this is the school may be meant as an institution (preposition: auf) or the physical direction/place (preposition: in). There is no such difference made for the class, the course and other smaller entities within. It's often tricky to know. To make it even more confusing, there are also physical directions/places which strictly require auf, flat things as der Hof, and das Dach which you could stand upon.

Wir gehen auf den Schulhof.

Others like die Straße are even more tricky:

Sie gehen auf die Straße. (leaving a building, entering the street)

Gehen Sie in die rechte Straße. (giving directions on the street)

German is a – censored –.


Wir sind in der gleichen Klasse.

Also correct and not better or worse than the other. It's a place (in+dative) rather than a direction as above with gehen (needs auf+accusative or in+accusative) so people will get a more static picture about what you tell.

  • But could it be dialect? It sounds vaguely familiar… maybe somewhere in southern Germany? – Philipp Aug 9 at 20:41
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    It's better for foreign speakers not to learn a dialect because you can hardly use it in writing. Writing dialect is not too common. Also speaking/writing only the parts of a dialect which come in handy to you makes it actually not better. – Janka Aug 9 at 20:43
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    @Philipp, I'm from the Southwest and "wir gehen auf die gleiche Klasse" just sounds wrong. – Iris Aug 10 at 7:00
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    In Austria: Only »in« for Klasse AND Schule. »Wir gehen auf die gleiche Schule.« sounds wrong in Austria. Also note, that »Ich gehe zur Schule« is not very common in Austria. Austrian children don't just walk to the school, they also enter it. So in Austria you say »Ich gehe in die Schule«. – Hubert Schölnast Aug 10 at 7:25
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    @Philipp I'm from Stuttgart/ Herrenberg/ Calw. "Auf derselben Schule sein" is very common. – Iris Aug 10 at 8:04

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