1.
to catch someone’s attention, to be noticed by someone
("jemandem auffallen" - it's often used where English would say "to notice". The roles are basically reversed in German.)
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2.
to stand out, to catch the eye, to be noticeable
(Doesn't take a direct object.)
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Prefix Verbs Explained - "auffallen"

"auffallen" looks like an oxymoron - "to fall up". But it's actually a really useful translation for "to notice". Today, we'll learn why. Also: more verbs :)

Vocab:

auffallen, auffällig, die Auffälligkeit, unauffällig


The verb "fallen" - (almost) all Prefix Versions

Vocab:

fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...


Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:

falling

It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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