Only + full infinitive

Only + full infinitive” is a set construction. It points to a surprising or frustrating subsequent event. Sometimes it can be replaced by
the weaker “but + finite verb”.

  • I went into town to buy a new suit, only to find that I’d left my wallet at home.
  • I went into town to buy a new suit, but found I’d left my wallet at home.
heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find mistrust.
  • Seemed like the real thing, only to find mistrust, love’s gone behind

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