holen - to get, to fetch
Er holt die Zeitung.
[He's getting the paper.]
**German simple present tense often translates into English "progressive" (is getting).
abholen - TO GET, to pick up
Er holt mich später ab.
[He's going to pick me up later.]
**ab- is a "separable prefix. In a simple sentence, "ab" goes at the end.
Toll, dass du mich abholst.
[Great, that you are picking me up.]
**After a conjunction: "dass" etc., the full verb goes at the end.
CONJUGATION of abholen
ich hole ab - I pick up
du holst ab - you pick up (familiar)
er, sie, es holt ab - he, she, it picks up
wir holen ab - we pick up
ihr holt ab - you (all) pick up
sie holen ab - they pick up
Sie holen ab - you pick up (formal)
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