In phrase "In letzter Minute"

Why letzt-ER not letzt-EN?

If "in" präposition introduces Dativ, and letzt. is an adjective, than according to adj. declenation, correct form should be "letzten". Can someone explain this to me?

Thanks, Jerzy

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    Please show what the declension table say about "letzten". Is it weak or strong declination? Is it singular or plural?
    – Dan
    Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 14:23

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A look in our favourite declension table reveals, you are mistaken.

in letzter Minute

Because Minute is female, it has to be letzter in Dativ. That is because there is no article in this expression. However, you would be correct for

in der letzten Minute

This time, there is an article present. This is known as strong and weak declension.

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