"Zwei Personen sind in dem Haus."

Translation:Two people are in the house.

February 6, 2013



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"?

February 6, 2013


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

February 6, 2013


What do you mean by 'sloppy'?

October 1, 2014


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. :)

January 24, 2014

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

January 24, 2014


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

March 13, 2014


should i use dative after in

May 6, 2013


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

May 6, 2013


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

April 23, 2014


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!

March 24, 2015


Das ist sehr hilfreich! Danke!:)

March 26, 2015
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