I can ask you if you have a pen or a pencil, or I can ask you if you have something to write with. I don't always need to be specific. I can offer you a glass of water, a glass of wine, or I can just offer you something to drink. I might not want to be specific. Let's look at one way to say this in Italian.
We can use the preposition da (from, to, at) and the infinitive of a verb. Let's look at some examples.
Hai da scrivere (do you have something to write with)?
Faccio da mangiare (I'm going to make something to eat).
Devo dare da mangiare a mia figlia.
I have to feed my daughter.Play Caption
Dai da bere a 'sti [questi] quattro lavoratori qua.
Give these four workers something to drink.
Caption 26, Chi m'ha visto film - Part 4Play Caption
Quando viaggio in treno porto sempre da leggere (when I travel by train I always bring something to read).
I can also say:
Porto sempre qualcosa da leggere (I always bring something to read).
Ci vorrebbe da dormire e da mangiare. -Bene.
We need lodging and food. -Fine.
Caption 20, Dafne Film - Part 17Play Caption
Ho da fare (I have stuff to do).
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