Is there any difference in meaning or usage between "schießen auf" and "anschießen" ? I can see none in the first (main) definition of both verbs in DWDS.


  • Er schoss auf den Dieb.
  • Er schoss den Dieb an.

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  • auf jemanden schießen
    means to shoot at somebody
    Er schießt auf den Dieb.

  • jemanden anschießen
    means the bullet hits the body
    Er schießt den Dieb an.

  • jemanden erschießen
    the target is dead
    Er erschießt den Dieb.


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