aan het

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Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /aːnət/ (normal)
  • IPA(key): /aːnt/ (contracted)
  • IPA(key): /aːnɦət/, /aːnɦɛt/ (formal; spelling pronunciation)
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aan het

  1. Forms the continuous aspect, together with the gerund and with zijn as auxiliary verb.
    Ik ben aan het eten.
    I am eating. (lit. I am on the eat. / I am at eating.)
    Ik was aan het eten.
    I was eating. (lit. I was on the eat. / I was at eating.)
    Wat ben je aan het doen?
    What are you doing? (lit. What are you on the do? / What are you at doing?)
    Ik ben de afwas aan het doen.
    I am washing up. (lit. I am the wash-up on the do. / I am at washing up.)