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Can anyone please explain what is the meaning of this sentence.

At the marketplace whom should I meet but my former sweetheart.

If he should die now, what would become of his fleet of luxurious cars?

Thanks in advance.

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prakashravichandranAt the marketplace whom should I meet but my former sweetheart.

The basic meaning is "I met my former sweetheart at the marketplace". The "whom should I meet but ..." style makes the statement feel more dramatic, more of a surprise.

prakashravichandranIf he should die now, what would become of his fleet of luxurious cars?

What would happen to all his cars if he died? E.g., would they be sold? Would they be inherited by his children? Would they be left to rust?

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prakashravichandranCan anyone please explain what is the meaning of this sentence.

There are two sentences.

prakashravichandranIf he should die now

This is an alternate way of expressing a second conditional. All of the following have the same meaning.

If he died now
If he were to die now
If he should die now
prakashravichandranwhat would become of

= what would happen to

prakashravichandranwhom should I meet but

This grammatical formula expresses surprise. "what/who should" ... "but".

On returning home last night what should I see but an elephant on the roof.

CJ

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