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The two different German teachers I have had have differing ideas about the correct conjugation of some verbs in the 2nd person plural, but I am not clear about which is "more correct" or when to use each form.

For example, ihr fahrt or ihr fährt? Ihr lauft or ihr läuft? Ihr schlaft or ihr schläft?

One teacher suggested that the former forms are more literary or formal, but is there a preference in everyday speech or writing? I would prefer my verbs not to be any more irregular than they absolutely must be.

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    There is no common rule on how verbs are conjugated to 2nd person plural - You need to learn them separately. Very typically, the answer is "no", so, all of your umlaut examples are, unfortunately, wrong. – tofro Feb 20 '18 at 16:40
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Ihr lauft is the only correct form, see for example this conjugation table. Same goes for ihr schlaft.

However, in spoken German you may hear ihr läuft. The reason could be the influence of local dialects.

  • Or spoken „ihr laufed“, or.... dialect tends to creep in with irregular verbs. – Stephie Feb 20 '18 at 17:08
  • Ihr läuft die Zeit davon. 3rd person. – Janka Feb 21 '18 at 0:25
  • Also dative instead of nominative. – RHa Feb 21 '18 at 9:48

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