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Difference between "an" and "auf" ?

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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".

6 years ago

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"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.

6 years ago

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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" ?

2 years ago

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ok, thx for clarifying that =)

6 years ago
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