"Zwei Personen sind in dem Haus."

Translation:Two people are in the house.

February 6, 2013

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Are there any rules to tell when you should contract the article with the preposition and when not? Why is it "in dem Haus" here and not "im Haus"?


"im Haus" is also correct. But I'd prefer 'in dem' in this case as the contraction sounds a bit sloppy.


What do you mean by 'sloppy'?


Why not 'There are two people in the house'? It seems more natural to me in English than 'Two people are in the house' but I'm not a native speaker so not sure if I should report it or not. :)

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@diabLEEca : For 'there are' the following would be used: es gibt or es sind


I'm with diabLEEca... you wouldn't really say this in English but, rather, there are two people in the house


should i use dative after in


It depends. 'in' is a two-way preposition. If motion is implied ('into' in English), use the accusative.


How do you know when to use "im" or "in" for "in"?


I'm not a native but from my understanding it works like this. The accusative case is used when the sentence expresses change of position or movement toward a place, while the dative case is used when the sentence expresses position or place within a fixed location.

So if there's movement you would use the accusative case; therefore, in, and if a fixed position is implied then dative, which would be im, for In + Dem. So accusative = in, oder in den und dative = in dem, oder im!


Das ist sehr hilfreich! Danke!:)


Great help thank you


Is it okay to say "Zwei personen sind zu Hause"?


Why not sind im haus


in dem haus vs zum hause?

In the house vs to the house? But sometimes doesn't "zum hause" mean at home?


There are certain prepositions that always require the dative case ( IO ) such as mit, von, etc.. However, ' in '= dative if we're referring to location and ' in ' = accusative if we're referring to moving towards a location, etc.. Also, ' im Haus ' is slightly more awkward when speaking than in ' dem Haus '.

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