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My question is about the infinitive without zu. I have learned that modal verbs take the infinitve without zu. So how is it possible that "Willst du etwas zu essen" is correct? Is it maybe because of the word "etwas"? Because we don't say "Willst du zu essen", we say " Willst du essen?" Right

Willst du etwas essen means Do you want to eat something? Willst du etwas zu essen means Do you want something to eat? Willst du etwas zu Essen? Willst du etwas zum Essen?

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tl,dr: It's an error.

Zu has many applications.

In this case it should be the form 'zu' + infinitive of a verb.

Willst du etwas zu essen ?

would be correct.

The substantive 'das Essen' (the meal) could be used whith 'zu' where the preposition introduces an add-on to something:

Willst du Ketchup zu deinem Essen ?

or more general

Willst du etwas zu deinem Essen dazu ?

which could be abbreviated to a less clear and concise

Willst du etwas zu dem/zum Essen ?

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  • My question is actually about the infinitive without zu. I have learned that modal verbs take the infinitve without zu. So how is it possible that "Willst du etwas zu essen" is correct? Is it maybe because of the word "etwas"? Because we don't say "Willst du zu essen", we say " Willst du essen?" Right?
    – ChaiLatte
    Jul 27, 2021 at 12:05

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