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I've heard many times people saying something what I've heard like 'Ja, imm' oder 'Ja, ihm' meaning 'Yes, exactly'. However, I couldn't find such phrase, so I think I could have heard that word not correctly.

What is that word in that phrase? Is it some regionalism (I've heard that in Bavaria), or jargon?

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Ja, immer? --> Yes, always? –  alk Sep 10 '13 at 18:24
@alk I'm sure it was used in the meaning, 'exactly', and I haven't heard any sound after 'm' –  Danubian Sailor Sep 10 '13 at 18:33
Too specialized, ask it in Chat. Nobody will ever have the same question, nor will it be helpful in similar situations. –  user unknown Sep 11 '13 at 12:26
I have also heard version, it can be 'stimmt' –  Danubian Sailor Sep 12 '13 at 20:24
Not to specialized, see accepted answer. I hear it almost on daily basis. –  Danubian Sailor Feb 18 '14 at 13:54

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I'm pretty sure you've heard "Ja, eben" which is reduced in speech to "Ja, ehm" which may sound like "Ja, ihm" when e turns to m. The word eben is in the meaning of bestätigt which means acknowledged.

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It's possible, however, how it has gone to that, that 'eben' was reduced to 'ehn'? –  Danubian Sailor Sep 10 '13 at 19:19
@Łukasz Lech: phonetical reasons, b+n turns to m, like in Hammse das gesehen? where Hammse is the reduced spoken version of Haben Sie –  falkb Sep 10 '13 at 19:23
in Hochdeutsch or in Bairisch? –  Danubian Sailor Sep 10 '13 at 19:25
not sure, but I suppose that kind of reduction is independent from dialects –  falkb Sep 10 '13 at 19:30
Ich glaube, Berlinisch wäre „Hammse det jesehen?“ –  Carsten S Sep 10 '13 at 20:12

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