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"Das Spielzeug hatten Sie noch nicht geprüft."

February 9, 2013

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

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


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

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


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

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."

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