I'm confused about word order and sentence structure when using phrases like I can't wait.

For example, is I can't wait to come to the cinema.:

Ich kann's kaum erwarten zu kommen ins Kino.


Ich kann's kaum erwarten, zu ins Kino kommen.

Or something else? How do you add a phrase like to come to the cinema after a main verb. Also, how would you use this in, for example, perfect tense? (Would it be Ich habe es kaum erwarten können, zu ins Kino kommen?) Another example of this is have been, as in I have been singing lots of songs. Would that be

Ich habe gewesen, zu viele Lieder singen.

And finally, why is the es used in Ich kann es kaum erwarten? Why is it not sufficient to use Ich kann kaum erwarten?

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All your examples are wrong.

Ich kann es kaum erwarten, ins Kino zu kommen.

Ich konnte es kaum erwarten, ins Kino zu kommen.

Ich habe es kaum erwarten können, ins Kino zu kommen.

The "es" is the object, later expanded as "ins Kino zu kommen".


Ich habe viele Lieder gesungen.

No need for "habe gewesen", which by the way is never correct. It's alway "bin gewesen", but in the example it wouldn't make sense.

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