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?
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.
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?