1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: German
  4. >
  5. "Der Mann spielt in dem Resta…

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeshhurse

"Der Mann spielt in dem Restaurant."

January 6, 2013

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeshhurse

Shouldn't it be "im Restaurant?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lucioregner

im = in + dem , both answers should be right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jhladky

I am curious, when should "im" be used and when should "in" be used?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weirdochristian

No German would ever say "in dem" "im" is almost always used conversationally. In would be correct when not referring to something as an object. (In this case, das Restaurant's article changes to der because it is dative, resulting in the correct "in dem" or "im."

Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.