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    only for the car to veer into a ditch

    Hello users!

    It is not my intention to derive pleasure from the near-death tragedy, but I would like to ask you about the meaning of the last part of the sentence;

    Mr Raheema told Swedish TV he took his eyes off the road to watch his wife give birth, only for the car to veer into a ditch.

    I think that only for the car to veer into a ditch and the car unexpectedly veered into the ditch.

    Thank you.

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    Re: only for the car to veer into a ditch

    When he took his eyes off the road, the car went into the ditch.

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    Re: only for the car to veer into a ditch

    I meant to write: I think that only for the car to veer into a ditch means the car unexpectedly veered into the ditch.

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    Re: only for the car to veer into a ditch

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    I meant to write: I think that only for the car to veer into a ditch means the car unexpectedly veered into the ditch.
    The car veered into the ditch, "unexpectedly" is redundant. If he had expected the car to veer into the ditch as a consequence, he wouldn't have taken his eyes off the road.

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    Re: only for the car to veer into a ditch

    "Only for" in that context means "but with the final result".

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