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Difference between "an" and "auf" ?

Can someone tell me whats the difference between "an" and "auf" please? I thought "an" was used both for "at" or "on", but it seems sometimes "auf" is used for "on".

September 15, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siebolt

"auf" is not sometimes used, the normal meaning of "auf" is on. "Das Buch liegt auf deM Tisch" and "Ich lege das Buch auf deN Tisch". (attention : different cases.) "Das Gemälde hängt an der Wand", "Ich hänge das Gemälde an die Wand" The big difference is, that "auf" has a translation "on top of", "an" never has that meaning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArchanaBar1

but I have another question here. If auf means "on top of", can you please explain why is it " Sie müssen AUF den Preis achten" ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kamala652149

because the verb "achten" comes with preposition "auf" +Accusative


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafuk

ok, thx for clarifying that =)

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