https://www.duolingo.com/Kpurple

Im/Am

what is the difference between them? what's the rule for when to use which one?

June 22, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/sperini

Sometimes they can be used interchangeably, a lot of the time they are used with idiomatic expressions and prepositional phrases. Im: in the, or at Am: at, at the, on the 'Beim' is another that is even more flexible. Your best guess is usually correct or close enough to be understood until you hear them often enough to use them correctly by nature. I'm not sure if there is a rule, a native speaker will more than likely answer more diligently.

June 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/sperini

Here's a more grammatical answer: 'im' is a contraction of 'in dem' (literally: in the) and 'dem' is the dative article (the) for neuter and masculine nouns. 'am' is 'an dem' and so forth.

June 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Mouka.Afiel

I'm not sure of it myself but I've been using them like this: im for 'in the', or 'at the' if the 'at' in question is inside (im Restaurant). and am for 'on the' and 'at the' if the 'at' in question is outside (am Feld) Prepositions seem very confusing :(

June 22, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Kpurple

ok thanks :)

June 22, 2012
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