The transformation of verbs or adjectives into nouns. In German: die Substativierung (verb: substantivieren). Beside the requirement to capitalize the noun, nominalization often comes with a shift in meaning or connotation of an expression.

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Der Unterschied zwischen “zu” und “zum” in Kombination mit einem Verb (Indikativ)

Ich weiß schon dass zum eine kürzere Form von zu + dem ist (Dativ). Aber in manchen Fällen kann man beide benützen wie zum Beispiel: Was gibt's heute zum Essen? Oder: Was gibt's heute zu ...
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Rules for capitalizing adjectives after “etwas, nichts…”?

Why does one write "nichts Gutes", "etwas Besseres" and so on. The rules imply they are nouns. Wiktionary says they obbey an ,,adjektivischer Deklination", there is no plural for them, etc. But ...
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Why the “-es” in phrases like “etwas Nasses”?

I was listening to a German audiobook this morning, and I noticed two phrases: etwas Nasses etwas Großes I can't be sure of the capitalization, since I was hearing it, not reading it. They were ...