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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?


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.


Can i get an example of that?


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.


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?


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


"indoors" is more natural in english english.


That is "binnenshuis" in Dutch.

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