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Taken literally, "einfallen" means "to fall into". But the meaning that makes it one of the most useful German verbs is a little more abstract ;)
einfallen, der Einfall, einfallsreich, reinfallen
"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 :)
auffallen, auffällig, die Auffälligkeit, unauffällig
fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...
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The core idea of this root was:
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.