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zu

1.
to, toward
(For most destinations that you DON'T enter. The main groups are people and brand names. Note that you can well use it for places that you can enter, but then the focus is that you don't really go inside.)
2.
closed
(By FAR the standard and way more common than "geschlossen")
3.
for
(In the sense of something serving a purpose)

Examples

  • Ich habe heute keine Lust, [Deutsch zu lernen].
  • I have no desire [to learn German] today.
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A thorough look at the German preposition 'zu' - what's its core idea, how does it work as a prefix and which verbs and phrases want "zu" as a preposition.

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The Preposition "zu" Explained - Part 2

In the second part, we'll go over zu-infinitives, zu and verbs and zu in comparisons. With lots of audio examples and a bit of fun.

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