INFINITIVES: Its Other Uses

1. Infinitive Clauses (I came home to find...)
When someone expresses what he/she discovers or learns after going somewhere or doing something, infinitive clauses can be applied.

Examples:
I called to check on how Uncle Ted and Aunt Kelly were doing.
I dropped by at Sheila's to see if she needs any help.
I rushed to the station to find that the train was delayed.

To emphasize the idea of surprise or disappointment, only is commonly used.

Examples:
I spent my savings to get a ticket, only to learn that the it was canceled.
I drove late night to gas up, only to discover that the gas station was closed.
I prepared hard for the audition, only to be told that someone already got the role.

2. Infinitives See and Hear (To hear her talk, you'd think...)
When explaining the reason for false impression, the infinitives see and hear can be applied. It is usually followed by the expression "you'd think" or similar to it.

Examples:
To see them fight, you'd never know they were brothers.
To hear him sing, you'd think he's a professional performer.
To hear him talk, you'd think he went to a prestigious school.
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