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QUICK TIP German: "holen" vs "abholen"

Dog holt Zeitung - Gamesforlanguageholen - 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 upPick-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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