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"Are you swimming?"

Translation:Ben jij aan het zwemmen?

August 13, 2014



It wouldn't let me have "ben JE aan het zwemmen". Does this construction require the emphatic version?


If it isn't a type what you hear exercise, ben je... is accepted. If it isn't for you, please provide a screenshot.


So is the verb always in the form it would be if you were speaking about multiple people (i.e., zwemmen v. zwemt for this example)?


Yes, we're using the infinitive form here just like when it is used together with plural subjects (like "jullie zwemmen").

I think it's because we're using "zijn (ben) + aan het" here that the infinitive form is used.


Het zwemmen is technically a verbal noun here. This is similar to English, because only one verb can be conjugated in a given clause. The only difference is that English uses a present participle for the second verb in the progressive, whereas Dutch uses a verbal noun (which is the same form as the infinitive), but in both cases those are non-conjugated forms.


You're right! I hadn't thought about it until I read your post, but you're entirely right imho. So far I had been calling it a 'bare infinitive', but I see now that that wasn't correct.

Thnx for that!


Jij is singular, jullie is plural.


Here, have a lingot.


I think that the word is in the infinitive verb: zwemmen, slapen, lopen etc.


Can someone please explain why it is 'ben jij aan het zwemmen', and not 'bent jij aan het zwemmen' when it's 'jij bent' in present tense?


It is an exceptional case (irregularity) of "ben" + "je/jij".

When "ben" goes first it would be without "t", as in "ben je/jij ...".

Otherwise it'd be with "t" as in "je/jij bent ...".


This occurs with every verb (except those whose stems already end in-t), not just zijn.


Why "Zwemt jij?" is wrong?


Please read previous comments. Other users have already answered that.


What is the purpose of writing such a complicated sentence when 'zwemt u' is accepted?


So you practise one of the structures that are used in Dutch to encode the progressive aspect.


aside from being in the continuous lesson (lol), how do we figure when to use continuous or normal present tense?


I guess you'd use the continuous what you want to emphasise that something is happening now, at the moment of speaking.


Aan het is the right answer . This is the forth time please fix it. I keep losing health point's.


Hi Flora,

My guess is that probably there was a mistake in another part of the sentence ypu typed.

Would you be so kind to type your full sentence next time?

That way, we'll be able to give you a hand.



You, not 'ypu'.

Sorry, no edit button on the app (unlike the desktop version).


OK, you are inconsistent, one time this works "ben jij zwemmen" now it doesn't. Is it correct or not?


I have looked through the comments and don't see why it could not be "zwemt je" or "zwemt jij".

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