For example: gehen essen are 2 verbs go together (z.B. Ich gehe essen jetzt). However, with zu + infinitiv what is the correct way to put zu?

  • Es ist schon spät, mit dir zu essen gehen
  • Es ist schon spät, mit dir essen zu gehen
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    1) is incorrect, 2) is correct Aug 19, 2021 at 17:24
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    2) may be syntactically correct, but does not make sense.
    – RHa
    Aug 19, 2021 at 19:03
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    @RHa any suggestion for that? Aug 19, 2021 at 19:06
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    Nitpick: Ich gehe essen jetzt sounds odd to me, perhaps Ich gehe jetzt essen?
    – RDBury
    Aug 19, 2021 at 19:17
  • @RHa, it makes perfect sense: "It is too late to go to eat with you".
    – vonbrand
    Aug 23, 2021 at 0:29

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I think with a zu clause, the zu + verb comes after any objects of the the verb. So it's Es ist leicht, dich zu sehen rather than Es ist leicht, zu dich sehen. In this case the object is the infinitive verb essen, and while infinites are normally pushed to the end of the sentence, it doesn't get pushed past the zu in a zu clause. In the comments RHa objected to your example (though I don't see the problem myself), so I'll try a different one: Ich denke daran, angeln zu gehen.

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