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Present Continuous vs. Present Simple with 'zijn'

In the present simple we could translate "Ik loop" as 'I walk' or 'I AM walking' without actually including zijn in the sentence. With the present continuous, is it definitely necessary to add zijn? "Ik ben aan het lopen/Ik aan het lopen". I figure it is needed, but want to double check.

3 years ago

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No, it is not needed. The intense and necessary use of the continuous forms is a speciality of the English language that it probably earned from Celtic languages; most other languages don't have this heritage.

You can use these forms but you don't need to, just when you explicitly want to stress that something is done just now. Using it everytime in Dutch when you use it in English would sound strange. The present tense in Dutch generally covers both.

That is why the lesson is so late in the tree. If it would be more important it would be sooner.

3 years ago

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But to answer the actual question: if you want to use the Dutch present continuous, then it is necessary to include "zijn". So you cannot say "Ik aan het lopen".

3 years ago

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Yes, I completely missed that. That sentence is incomplete without a form of zijn.

3 years ago

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Thanks for the info! :)

3 years ago