"Das Spielzeug hatten Sie noch nicht geprüft."

February 9, 2013


Can 'had' be used in this sentence. Isn't 'have' appropriate with 'still' in this case?

February 28, 2013

That would be present perfect, so you would see haben instead of hatten.

June 12, 2013

You can use "Spielzeug" for a single toy, but the German here sounds more as if "Spielzeug" were a mass noun which would be translated as "the toys". For a single toy you would rather specify "die Puppe, den Teddy, das Puppenhaus ...".

Spielzeug as a mass noun is very common: "Räum dein Spielzeug auf." "Tidy up your toys."

February 9, 2013
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