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"Lauf du vor, ich komme hinterher,"?

Why is there 'du' between 'Lauf' and 'vor'? Is this an imperative sentence?

LG Jason

February 6, 2018

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguagePerfects

yep, it's imperative. I don't think the "du" really has to be there.

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

"Du" is there to stress the contrast between you and I. The sentence would also work without "du".

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Yes, it's imperative.

The du is to emphasise that the command is addressed to du (and not anyone else); here, specifically, to set up a contrast between what du is supposed to do and what ich is going to do.

In English, it would be, "You run ahead; I'll follow behind" with explicit "you" before the imperative.

February 7, 2018
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