Prepositions: 'op' vs 'aan'

Hi. I find I always get 'op' and 'aan' mixed up in my responses to exercises. Both of them are often translated to 'on' in English, which is my native language. Does anyone have any tricks or tips for remembering which one to use in which circumstance? Thanks!

September 7, 2019

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You use 'op' when it is on a horizontal surface. For instance 'on the roof' translates to 'op het dak'. And you use 'aan' when it is on a vertical surface. For instance 'on the wall' translates to 'aan de muur'. You also use 'aan' when something is switched on. For instance 'the light is on' translates to 'de lamp is aan' And 'aan' can also translate to 'to'. 'You give something to someone' translates to 'Je geeft iets aan iemand'

September 7, 2019
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