Why is the verb not in the second position? Are the following two sentences both imperative sentences? Is that the reason the verb is not in the second position? And what's "versuch's"? Shouldn't it be "versuchst"?

Konzentrier dich auf einen festen Punkt. Und versuch's wieder.


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Exactly, both are imperative sentences, and that's the reason why the verb is in first position.

"Versuch's" is short for "versuch es", where "versuch" is the imperative form of versuchen.

So it's the same as

Und versuch es wieder. (And try [it] again)

In German, other than in English, you need the object for versuchen, it doesn't work without "es" here.

  • I would have used “versuche”, but it’s a choice.
    – Carsten S
    Jun 12, 2022 at 11:47
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    It might be worth mentioning that konzentrieren is a reflexive verb here, thus the dich in the first sentence.
    – RDBury
    Jun 12, 2022 at 18:43
  • @CarstenS: in fact, it is not a choice and your version ("versuche") is correct. "versuch" is just an abbreviation for "versuche" - a such widely used one, in fact, that the correct form "versuch'" (with an apostrophe at the end) is uncommon. The same, btw., for "konzentrier" -> "konzentrier'/konzentriere".
    – bakunin
    Jun 13, 2022 at 8:41
  • @bakunin: source? Duden says otherwise: duden.de/konjugation/versuchen
    – HalvarF
    Jun 13, 2022 at 10:32
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