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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam_Ludk

"Wir trinken Kaffee im Restaurant."

December 29, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam_Ludk

How am I supposed to tell if they mean "the restaurant" or "a restaurant?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Struck

"im" is "in the", (in+dem). So in this case im is "in THE restaurant". If it was "a restaurant" they should say "in einem Restaurant". http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/im#Etymology


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wampyra

"a" restaurant is usually when in German they say "one". But in general I have no idea. Neither German nor English are my native tongs.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n0waczek

In big shortcut: der, die, das - the ein, eine, einen etc - a


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zacharles

"Im" = "In + dem", aka "in the". If you've know any spanish, it is similar to "del".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arowla

This seems like a pretty advanced distinction to make at this stage ("im" = "in the" vs. "im" != "in a"). I don't think we covered this until at least the second semester of German in college.

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