Auch dieser Junge war ein guter Grund, sich von den Potters fernzuhalten; mit einem solchen Kind sollte ihr Dudley nicht in Berührung kommen.

My knowledge of Infinitivsätze is not that thorough; i often see them used as complements of a verb(subjekt/objekt) or as Adverbialsätze starting with um/ohne/(an)statt/außer...zu. but here that doesn't seem to be the case. Infinitivsätze mit zu don't always have to be either a complemental clause/adverbial clause? what other roles/purposes do they fill? Thank you.

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It works literally the same as in English. In English you could express this as follows: "This boy too was a good reason to keep away from the Potters."

(That is not how this is actually worded in the original, which talks about a good reason "for keeping the Potters away". This is just a matter of book translations not being literal.)

You can use a "zu" construction to further explain a noun like "Grund". German and English work very similarly in this regard.

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    May 24, 2023 at 19:26

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