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What is the difference between these 2 sentences and in the usage of both prepositions über and zu ?

Ich habe ein Video über Aktiv und Passiv gemacht.

Bitte machen Sie ein Video zu Dativ und Akkusativ.

Are both prepositions in this case interchangeable?

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I think there is a subtle difference in the usage.

When someone uses "über", this gives the impression, that the person tries to give an overview about a topic.

When someone uses "zu/zur/zum", this gives the impression, that the person wants to add details to a topic or to a broader discourse.

Because the difference is pretty minor, I think in your examples, the prepositions are fully interchangeable.

Ich habe ein Video zu Aktiv und Passiv gemacht.

Bitte machen Sie ein Video über Dativ und Akkusativ.

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  • I think with a verb, say in Wir sprechen über Akkusativ und Dativ, only über is possible, I'm not sure why. I couldn't find this meaning of zu in DWDS, did I miss something?
    – RDBury
    Commented Jan 11, 2022 at 13:56
  • There are cases where you can do that. Wir drehen zu Akkusativ und Passiv ein Video.
    – Sonyfreak
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 6:52

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