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What exactly is the difference between “von” and “auf”?

My understanding is that they can both be translated "of." Digging deeper, "von" seems to mean "from." Von Deutschland. And "auf" seems to mean "out of." Auf dem Land. Is this correct or not?
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Is something “kaputt” just broken or completely ruined?

Kaputt according to Duden: entzwei; defekt; nicht mehr funktionierend Which of these items are "kaputt" in this sense? a glass jar broken in half a glass jar with a crack that leaks water but ...
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Could a “Kerl” be female?

Some translations for "Kerl" are "fellow", "bloke", "guy", "chap" and "dude". Most of them are (somewhat) gender-neutral. What about "Kerl"?
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Benutzt man immer einen Wasserschlauch in einer Wasserschlacht?

Ich suche ein Wort für das Kinderspiel, in dem sich Kinder mit Wasser bekriegen. Wasserschlacht klingt gut, aber mein Wörterbuch merkt an, dass es ein Krieg "mit einem Wasserschlauch" sei. Ist das ...