"I am in the white house!"

Translation:Ich bin im weißen Haus!

March 16, 2013



Can somebody help me: why weissen correct and weisses is wrong here. Thanks in advance !

March 16, 2013


I made this mistake myself today and then realized why. We both overlooked that the form "im" is actually a combination of "in" (in) and "the" (dem). (The form "im" is always in dative case.) So with there actually being a definite article, the adjective "weiß" is then a weak dative form, so in this case, "weißen." Live and learn!

March 17, 2013


Makes sense. Thank you.

April 9, 2013


Does the fact that it is weak explain why it is weißen instead of weißem? I thought the ending of the adjective had to match the ending of the article.

July 28, 2016


I can understand why it's "im". But why is it weißen?? i think it should be "weißem". But i know there is not word like "weißem". However, still I can't understand why it is weißen.

August 20, 2015


The preposition "in" requires either Akkusativ or Dativ. Here we don't have movement so it is Dativ. The adjective with neuter nouns in Dative finishes on -n when there is a definite article (in dem weißen Haus). Where there is no definite article the adjective ends on -m (weißem Haus).

December 23, 2018


Don't undestand why weißen. This does not seem to be accusative.

January 26, 2015
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