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

"Spielzeug ist hingegen sinnvoll."

January 30, 2013

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

Should this not be "Spielzeuge sind hingegen sinnvoll" if the subject is "toys" and not "toy"?


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

Not necessarily. 'Spielzeug' can refer to a single toy and to a group of toys when they are viewed as a single group. If you want to stress the mess, 'Spielzeuge' does also work.


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

But why is "toy" wrong then? I guess you could make that sentence in English with "toy", or at least "the toy"


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

Without an article, the German 'Spielzeug' refers to more than one item.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BigBob8989

Can someone please explain how "ist" is plural?


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

please read the comments above.


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

think of it like "hair" in english. Hair can be one hair or a lot of hair but in both cases you use "is" not "are"

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