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"We are collecting everything!"

Translation:Wij verzamelen alles!

September 23, 2014


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I don't think this translation is correct. 'We are collecting everything' should be 'Wij zijn alles aan het verzamelen'. 'Wij verzamelen alles' should be 'We collect everything'.


September 23, 2014


I think both Wij verzamelen alles! and Wij zijn alles aan het verzamelen! are valid translations. In Dutch simple present (e.g. Wij verzamelen alles) is often used for things that are currently happening. E.g. a context could be that some people are gathering some things that are spread around in a room.

September 23, 2014


I see. That makes sense, thanks.

September 23, 2014


could one say "wij zijn aan het verzamelen alles"?

June 13, 2015


Nope, it's either "Wij zijn alles aan het verzamelen" (the common word order), or "Alles zijn wij aan het verzamelen" (emphasis on alles).

June 13, 2015


Susande, I still very new to Dutch. In several Dutch sentences, like 'Wij verzamelen alles!', 'are-zijn' is not used but it is used in the English.. Have I missed something? (I saw you comments above. )

June 3, 2016


Except for some very simple sentences, you cannot simply translate word for word. The Dutch siimple present is formed the same way as in English, so:

  • we collect everything = we verzamelen alles

However the present continuous in Dutch is not formed the same way as in English (you will learn later in the tree), it is formed as: zijn + "aan het" + infinitive, so:

  • we are collecting = we zijn aan het verzamelen

Then tenses are not used the same way. The present continuous is used way more often in English, normally you simple use simple present in Dutch, so:

  • we are collecting = we verzamelen

In Dutch you normally only use the present continuous to emphasise something is happening right now.

June 5, 2016


There is a difference in English between "We collect everything." and "We are collecting everything." Is there no such difference in Dutch? I translated this as "wij zijn verzamelen alles"

April 16, 2015


What lessson should I have learned verzamelen in?? Because I cannot remember ever learning it.

July 8, 2015


what is the difference between all the forms of 'all'? theres alles alle al at the very least

September 16, 2015


"Alles" is "everthing" in general. "Alle" you would use like "alle mensen" (all people), "alle vrienden" (all friends), and "al" you would use like "al zijn vrienden" (all of his friends), or in sentences like "ben je er al?" (Are you there already?) These are just a few examples of when I would use them, but here is some better explanation: http://www.dutchgrammar.com/en/?n=Pronouns.Id04

July 23, 2018


How to say "I collect everything"?

January 3, 2017


Ik verzamel alles.

July 23, 2018
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