Why is 'zu' not followed by the dative?????
I am hoping that someone maybe able to help with the following;
In the sentence;
‘Um ungefähr neun Uhr bin ich wieder ZU Hause, und dann esse ich ZU Abend’
I am totally clueless as to why ‘ZU’ is used in this way.
I have learned that ‘aus bei, mit, nach, seit, von ZU’ are ALWAYS followed by the dative (without exception).
So, why does the sentence not read as follows;
Um ungefähr neun Uhr bin ich wieder ZUM Hause, und dann esse ich ZUM Abend????
Thanks once again to Otto and Domasala for your assistance!
Just another point, I am assuming that;
' und dann esse ich zu Abend’
means ‘evening meal’ and that the word ‘meal’ (ie, Essen, Mahlzeit etc is not included??)
but why does 'zu' need to be included here?
Why not just;
'und dann esse ich Abend Essen'??