The best example I can think of is "work". I tried to ask my teacher how I would say, "I am going to work". She replied, "voy a trabajar". I have tried asking other Spanish speakers this before and get the same kind of answers. I am not saying, "I go (verb) to work (verb)". I am saying, I go (verb) to (direction) work (noun). So, in English I am using a verb "work"(what I do) as a noun "work"(the place where I do work). Are there examples of this in Spanish? Are verbs used as nouns in Spanish?
Here are some other examples, though the correlation can be a bit different:
- I am going to play/I am going to a play
- I store things there/He bought it at the store
- I plan on doing that/It is a plan/We made plans
- I talk/We had a talk
The point being that the spelling is the same but the context makes the verb a noun.
So, going back to my original example, in order to say, "I am going to work" can I say, "Estoy yendo a trabajar", and would "trabajar" then be a noun?
Also, "at work" = "a trabajar" or "en trabajar"?