When we want to say in german, I noticed some say im Deutschen instead of in Deutsch. I'm confused as to why Deutschen has an n at the end and why it is a name and not an adjective.

Thank you in advance.

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    Does this answer your question? "Deutsch" oder "Deutschen" Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 10:58
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    In the linked question, the accepted answer misses the point (as the comment shows). See also: german.stackexchange.com/a/1749/35111
    – David Vogt
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 11:17
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    @DavidVogt, technically that is not a reason for this question not to be marked as a duplicate. The preferred way would be to place a bounty on the existing question to encourage better answers.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 12:06
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    This is NOT a duplicate as this question is in English and the other in German. Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 15:57
  • @BjörnFriedrich, that is of course a reason.
    – Carsten S
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 18:19

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in German = auf deutsch 1:1

im Deutschen is something like in der deutschen Sprache

verwandt: ins Deutsche (übersetzen)

  • Colloquially we also can say "in Deutsch", but never "im Deutsch". Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 13:59

"Das Deutsche" is just a noun, and it means the same as "die deutsche Sprache". It's not very common any more except in some idioms, like in "ins Deutsche übersetzt"

Das Deutsche ist die Sprache Luthers und Goethes. (Nominativ)

Sie war des Deutschen mächtig (Genitiv) (i.e. sie war der deutschen Sprache mächtig i.e. sie sprach deutsch)

Im Deutschen sagen wir "Sommerurlaub". (Dativ)

Ich habe das Deutsche als Kind in Frankreich in der Schule gelernt. (Akkusativ)

Schlegel und Tieck haben Shakespeare ins Deutsche übersetzt. (Akkusativ)

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