In my native language, we don’t use articles and it is complicated for me to learn when I should use them. My question is about this sentence:
Der Zug steht auf Gleis 8.
Why are we not using an article here? Why shouldn’t it be “auf dem Gleis 8”? It is a specific particular track with a specific number at the railway station.
I searched for this sentence example at en.pons.com -> Gleis and just found that it is the same in English: “The train is standing at platform 8”. I don’t know why there is no article in English as well…
I understand that articles are used for objects but not for concepts. I’ve already asked a question about it: Vater with or without article. I understand why there are no articles in the sentences like “Mensch und Affe sind ähnlich.”, “Banane und Apfel schmecken unterschiedlich.” But I don’t understand why there is no article in “auf Gleis”.
Do you know explanation for it? Could you provide other examples like this one?