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"Der Pförtner passt auf" means "The gatekeeper pays attention" aufpassen = pay attention "Der Pförtner passt auf jemanden auf" means "The gatekeeper takes care of somebody / keeps an eye on somebody" auf jemanden aufpassen = keep an eye on somebody In your sentence the word aufpassen is split into "passt auf ...


The verb in the sentence is aufpassen. This yields the second auf. The first is a preposition.

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