Are 'Du und ich' considered one element and that's why the verb is way at the end?
Yes, "du und ich" is object. You can simply question: wer - du und ich; machen was - laufen
"Gehen" used to mean to walk and "laufen,rennen" was always to run when i was in school. Did those meanings change?
This. I just read in another discussion that 'gehen' was walk, 'laufen' was recreational running (would that be like jogging?), and that 'rennen' was usually used for machines or autos running. So now laufen is walking again. I'm sure they aren't all used interchangeably, but i'm having a hard time figuring out when to use which.
The problem is that the meaning of 'gehen' and 'laufen' in Germany is regional. In the north, 'laufen' means to run, and 'gehen' to 'walk', but in the south 'laufen' has the more general meaning 'to go by foot' and is often used for walking. Consequently, in the south they use 'gehen' a bit less, but 'rennen' is used more - to describe running.
"Run" translates to "rennt." "Walk / is walking" translates to "laufen."
To my knowledge, this is not correct. I am not a native speaker, but: Gehen = to go, by walking or otherwise. Laufen = to go by foot, which depending on context can mean running or walking. Rennen = running. An in-depth explanation can be found here: http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/18395/is-there-any-difference-between-laufen-and-rennen
It accepted "You and I run". Now I am a bit confused as to what laufen means. It says walk/run, but I read in the comments "rennt" means to run, so for clarity sake is laufen a blanket statement "move our legs", or should we ignore run as a definition for this word.
When would you use laufen for walk and when would you use it for run? I typed in "You and I run," and it said I was correct, but it also says "walk" is another correct answer.
The English grammar is wrong. A verb can't follow "me" e.g. you can't say "me run" so you can't say "you and me run".
That construction may be marked as correct/acceptable. This does not at all mean that it IS correct...
Yeah, I know. It's still obnoxiously bad, like sand in one's teeth.
why don't we use laufe or läufst ? Is it because there are two persons involved and we use the conjugate form correspoding to 'Wir'?
Because those are two different words, both in English and German. ich = I; mich = me.
Also, we can’t say “you and me are ....” in a correct sentence. We can use “you and me” if someone else is doing the action (subject), and “you and me” are receiving the action (direct object). So, “Tori is coming to visit
you and me”is fine. So is “Tim hugged
you and me.” But “you and me” cannot be a subject of a sentence. People do say it that way, (‘You and me are going to the ball game’, for example, instead of “You and I are going...) and other people do understand them, but it’s not grammatically correct in English or in German. That’s why.
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you and I - for nominative case (before the verb) you and me - for accusative case (after the verb) Therefore its "you and I" in this example
the second one: 'du und ich laufen nicht'. That's because the 'nicht' defines the verb, not the subject. So, if you said 'du und ich nicht laufen', that would mean 'not you and I are walking' (someone else is walking, not me and you).
Why has 1) Nobody answered my question, and 2) Marked me down for asking it??