"Wir trinken Kaffee im Restaurant."

December 29, 2012


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

December 29, 2012

"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".

January 9, 2013

"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.

January 2, 2013

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

January 4, 2013

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

January 6, 2013

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.

January 9, 2013
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