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I have always had this question since I started to learn German that when to use auf and when to use an . As an example I can name the word "Antrag". When to use preposition "an" and when to use preposition "auf". Can they be used interchangeably? If not, what's the difference?

For example:

Einen Antrag an den Betriebsrat stellen.

or

Einen Antrag auf den Betriebsrat stellen.

Thanks in advance.

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With Antrag auf you indicate what someone is applying for; with Antrag an you indicate to whom someone is applying for something.

So in your example, an is correct:

Einen Antrag an den Betriebsrat stellen.


More examples with Antrag auf and Antrag an.

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It is Antrag auf etwas an jemanden stellen. For example you say

Ich werde einen Antrag auf Kindergeld (what you want) an das Sozialamt (who will grant it) stellen.

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