That's correct, but the Duolingo pronunciation is often confusing in these cases.
They can actually sound similar; both (particularly sometimes) on DL, and depending upon the laziness/birthplace of the speaker - I would humbly add.
No, "lest" is correct. "Lesen" is, of course, irregular and often when irregular verbs experience a vowel change in the present tense (here: e to ie), the vowel change only occurs in the "du" and "er/sie/es/man" form, whereas the other forms are generally regular with the same vowel as the infinitive:
- ich lese
- du liest
- er/sie/es/man liest
- wir lesen
- ihr lest
- Sie/sie lesen
You can see a similar thing with sehen (du siehst but ihr seht) and fahren (du fährst but ihr fahrt), among other verbs.
Can someone tell me the difference between saying :
"Du liest unsere Zeitung." and "Ihr lest unsere Zeitung."
In what situation would I use each phrase?
In German exists a distinction between you singular and you plural. Du - you singular Ihr - you plural (sometimes referred to as you all, or y'all)
- My friend, you (singular) are reading our newspaper.
Mein Freund, du liest unsere Zeitung
- My friends, y'all (plural) are reading our newspaper.
Meine Freunde, ihr lest unsere Zeitung.
Hope this helps.
They are also possible, as the English sentence isn't specific about whether we are talking to one or more people.
I wrote "You are all reading our newspaper". That was graded as incorrect. Why?