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18.4: Ja, und als Belohnung für die harte Arbeit, haben wir beschlossen, heute nett zum Abendessen zu gehen

sfpugh

From 18.4 Going out for dinner
Ja, und als Belohnung für die harte Arbeit, haben wir beschlossen, heute nett zum Abendessen zu gehen.
Yes, and as a reward for the hard work, we have decided to go out for a nice dinner today

I am puzzled by the placement of "nett", I assume it is describing the dinner so why isn't it placed in front of "Abendessen"? (with appropriate ending)
What is going on grammatically?

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Hallo sfpugh,

thank you for your question!

Yes, nett is describing the dinner, but instead of just referring to just the noun (e.g. "nettes Abendessen"), it is referring to the infinitive clause "...zum Abendessen zu gehen"

Let me give you some other examples:
"Wir haben beschlossen, (heute) schön essen zu gehen." -"We have decided to go out for a nice meal (today)."
"Wir haben beschlossen, (heute) laut beim Konzert zu singen." - "We have decided to sing loudly at the concert (today)."
"Er hat beschlossen, (heute) nett zum Kollegen zu sein." -"He has decided to be nice to the colleague (today)."

I hope this was helpful!

Grüße
Julia

 

sfpugh

Thank you for the explanation Julia, and the examples show me how to use this construction. So I suppose "nett" functioning as an adverb here.

Julia-Rocket-German-Tutor

Yes, exactly!

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