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What's the difference between 'Du' and 'Ihr'?

6/9/2012, 10:24:54 PM

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'du' is singular informal and 'ihr' is plural informal. You would use 'du' when speaking to one friend ("kommst du mit mir, Johann?") but would use 'ihr' when speaking with several friends ("kommt ihr mit mir, Johann und Klaudia?")

6/9/2012, 10:47:11 PM

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dlwalter: The conjugation for “ihr” (plural 2nd person familiar) is often the same as the conjugation for “er/sie/es” (singular 3rd person), since both often just consist of adding a -t; this is different from “du” (singular 2nd person familiar), which is usually an -st.

Compare the verb “haben” (which is irregular): “du hast”, “er hat”, “ihr habt”.

6/11/2012, 1:39:39 AM

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Right on. Thanks.

6/11/2012, 2:29:48 AM

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Oh! I see! thank you very much!

6/10/2012, 2:35:15 PM

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Yeah, it's tough to figure out because the verb gets conjugated the same as a singular you.

6/10/2012, 8:30:59 PM
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