Einige Männer wollen die Welt einfach brennen sehen.

Ich muss einkaufen gehen.

Er will nachher einkaufen gehen.

Sie möchten Musik spielen lernen.

All this sentences are constructed the same way.

They all have a conjugated modal verb in present simple in position 2, and two verbs in their infinitive form at the end.

Are these sentences correct ? Can we use two consecutive infinitives with a modal-verb in present simple ?

or maybe we should add a "zu" before the last verb as in this examples :

Er will nachher einkaufen zu gehen.

Einige Männer wollen die Welt einfach brennen zu sehen.

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Your first four example sentences are correct. The row of infinitives may be even longer:

Ich muss einkaufen gehen können.

I have to be able to go shopping.

Sie möchten nicht Baseball spielen lernen müssen.

They don't like to have to learn (how) to play baseball.

Sie müssen aber spielen lernen können wollen dürfen.

That last one is a bit artificial, though.

A while ago, I wrote an answer when to use zu+Infinitive.

Modals aren't one of those cases, I have to correct myself.

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