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"Ik ben binnen aan het spelen."

Translation:I am playing inside.

January 2, 2015



Can someone explain why it is not "Ik ben ann het spelen binnen"? And what would it mean if it's wrong?


That's just wrong word order, you should look up the rules for Dutch word order


Could you please explain more? I remember the rule that "aan het + infinitive" cannot be separated, but 'ik ben "aan het spelen" binnen' does not seem to violate it. Thanks!


The problem is that when you use the "aan het + infinitive" you move it to the end of the sentence.

Thus: Ik speel binnen

Becomes: Ik ben binnen aan het spelen


That seems to be a guaranteed right answer every time (aan het + infinitive at the end of a sentence), but I have seen correct solutions where this element doesn't have to go at the end (one such example is "ik ben aan het wachten op mijn zus"; or simultaneously, "ik ben op mijn zus aan het wachten").

I still don't fully comprehend why this is the case, but I'm assuming it's something to do with Dutch's flexible, yet seemingly rigid syntax.


So we always put "aan het+infinitive" at the end?


Kind of, there are cases in which you can put a prepositional phrase or other constituents after it.


alright, thank you very much


You're welcome, Ehsan.


Wouldn't it be possible to say I am in, playing?


I don't know about you, but that sounds unnatural to me. "I am in" would be perfectly fine - maybe not something I would say in my dialect, but OK nonetheless - but "I am in, playing" feels like you're artificially making the sentence shorter by sacrificing actual meaning.


you are right "in" is more the opposite of "out" when you say you are out that doesn't mean you aren't inside.

You can be "in" and still be "outside" (I.e. in the back garden). And you can still be "out" when you are "inside" (in a shop).


'I am inside, playing,' was accepted. I don't think 'in' should be, though.


This is just to let know the moderators: one of the options was just a sign (=)

As I don't know how to post a screenshot here, I uploaded it to my mediafire, here's the link to it:



We have no control over what words you are able to select in the app. The only thing we are able to do is make sure that (only) correct answers are available. I assume there is an algorithm that then selects a few other words at random along with the correct words.


I understand, I just brought it up so you guys could tell the people who write the code for the app.


What's the difference between the "aan het" form to the "present" form to express action continuity? All lessons until now accepted the present form for continuity.


Dutch doesn't have exact continuous form, so present form can be used for continuous form. However Dutch use emphasis to say that the person is doing something; one of the ways is using "aan het." "Aan het" is basically "on something". Like for example, "hij is aan het lezen" means "he is on the reading" or something like that.


Ok I think I'm getting it 'ann' means to add an extra ending after? Like a second part to the sentence?

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No, "zijn" + aan het" + "infinitive" is the continuous aspect in Dutch:

  • Ik ben aan het spelen - I am playing
  • Zij is aan het eten - She is eating
  • Wij zijn aan het lezen - We are reading
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