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"Zij zijn altijd aan het lopen."

Translation:They are always walking.

November 7, 2014



I am wondering what would be the context of this sentence. From the previous continuous tense lessons, the "aan+het+infintive" would mean they are doing the action at the moment. So would this sentence imply that they are somewhat "restless", causing them to walk around non-stop at the moment? Thanks in advance! :)

February 22, 2016


It means that they are always walking, so at any moment they are walking. Though you don't have to take this literally it can be used when someone does something a lot.

February 22, 2016


Why not "They are walking all the time"?

November 30, 2015


One can not hear the "het", I am wondering if in the normal conversations this sound effect does always happen..?

August 1, 2017


Hi Emilia,

That's because the 'h' is dropped when preceded by a consonant, and because the 'e' is pronounced as a schwa (as the 'e' in 'the' or in 'differ').

Hope this helps.

November 5, 2018


Waarom niet "They are always running."?

November 2, 2017


In the Netherlands, "lopen" only means 'to walk'

November 2, 2017


If that is the case, can you explain to me why a marathon is referred to as a "loop"?

February 27, 2019


Not true, "lopen" means to run or to walk ! My husband's family speaks Dutch.

August 13, 2019


Maybe they are speaking flemish dutch where as here we are learning standard dutch

September 11, 2019


Would it be possible to rephrase this also: Altijd zijn zij aan het lopen?

April 29, 2018


Though I wouldn't be surprised to read this in poetry, I wouldn't advice you to say it like that.

May 22, 2019


I don't get it. What's the difference between this and "Zij zijn altijd lopen"?

June 24, 2018


"Zij zijn altijd lopen" is not a correct sentence in Dutch. It's either "Zij lopen altijd" or "Zij zijn altijd aan het lopen".

June 24, 2018


Damn. I thought I probably got that wrong. So what's the difference between "Zij zijn altijd aan het lopen" and "Zij lopen altijd"?

June 24, 2018


Not a lot more than just a stylish difference.

May 22, 2019
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