Im and in

Hey everyone. When do I use Im or in. Is there another duolingo discussion place that talks about it or a good website?

August 4, 2017


am = an + dem

ans = an + das

beim = bei + dem

im = in + dem

ins = in + das

vom = von + dem

zum = zu + dem

zur = zu + der

(Copy/Paste fail)

Oh, and aufs = auf + das.

Forget that one.
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Thanks david3dd, please, take a Lingot. I made an Anki flashcard with this.

Thankyou. That helps

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cluney2 - You just commented without giving an answer. What gives? ;-)

In is pretty much like it is an English, you'll learn some more down the road. But Im is a contraction of in + dem.

It's the dative case, which you should learn soon. It shows more of a lack of direction. Der and das turn into dem. In + der (assuming there's no direction involved, or movement inside of something else) turns into im

Er spaziert im Kino - He walks around inside the cinema.

Ok interesting. So it's kind of like zum and zur.

Yeah, but you use "in".

Zu means you're going to a place, in implies you're actually going in it.

So if you're just in something say a car. You would say. Ich bin im Auto?. since the 'the' that goes with auto is das and das retracts to dem. and in and dem is im. So would this count for everything that you're in? im Hund. im Frosch. But for something that has the original the of 'die' would just be. Ich bin in der Katze. Ich bin in der Kuh?. The way I understood it is that das and der turn into dem. But in one of the comments it say that there's also ins. in and das. When's that used?

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