In the children’s song die Wanze I found “Seht euch mal die Wanze an” and it left me confused. According to what I learned, the imperative has three forms: du, ihr und Sie. What about “Seht euch … an” or “Ruht euch aus”?

Auf der Mauer, auf der Lauer, liegt ’ne kleine Wanze
Seht euch mal die Wanze an
Wie die Wanze tanzen kann
Auf der Mauer, auf der Lauer, liegt ’ne kleine Wanze

  • Can you give a source for the infinitive being limited?
    – Stephie
    Sep 6, 2016 at 5:33
  • 4
    It is ihr....
    – Em1
    Sep 6, 2016 at 6:08
  • 5
    What is your question? This is clearly the ihr imperative …
    – Jan
    Sep 6, 2016 at 21:19
  • how about plural imperative, yes?
    – user23415
    Sep 8, 2016 at 11:44
  • @klh I feel the strong urge to say ‘how about no?’ ^^'
    – Jan
    Sep 9, 2016 at 21:49

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The verb is sich (dat.) etwas (acc.) ansehen: to watch something. So euch here is dative, and die Wanze is accusative. In the singular, it would be

Sieh dir mal die Wanze an

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