"Hast du es gebracht?"
Translation:Did you bring it?
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Just checking: I am considering DL's "Did you bring it?" as an equivalent interpretation of the actual translation of the German "Hast du es gebracht?" The actual translation would be "Have you brought it?" If "Did you bring it?" is viewed as an actual translation it implies that hast = did and that gebracht = bring. Neither of these implications is correct in my view. Am I correct in my interpretation of the DL answer?
Yes, I understand your question. This article summarises it well:
"The thing is this… which form of German past to use does NOT, I repeat, NOT depend on the content or information you want to get across. It rather depends on HOW you get the information across… and it also depends on the actual verb. Here are some examples. Thus what is present perfect in English can translate to either form in German.
I have been to Paris.
can be translated to either of the following, depending on the situation or personal preference of the speaker.
Ich war in Paris
Ich bin in Paris gewesen.
And consequently this:
I was in Paris.
can also have either version as translation. It depends on the “mode” of language if you will.“
Present perfect concept in English is completely different than Germany. Preterit and present perfect in Germany always refers to the past.
Meanwhile the past tense In English is a finish action Yesterday I ate three apples.(the time is finishI can't eat anymore apples)
And present perfect is an action begins in the past and still continue in the present in other words is not finished
This week I've eaten so far twenty apples (the week is not finished still i can eat more apples)