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A: "Why did you kill all those men?"

B: "I did it to save you all. I was offered a brief case with the antidote that would save you all. Unfortunately the person who offered the antidote to me went missing yesterday. So I did that all for nothing. We have to find another way to save us."


What does "to" mean if the person failed to save them all (despite doing the task)?

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Julian Ng-Thow-HingWhat does "to" mean if the person failed to save them all (despite doing the task)?

I did it to save you all. ~ I did it so that I could save you all.
We have to find another way to save us ourselves. ~
We have to find another way by which we can save ourselves.

"to" itself is part of the infinitive "to save" in these examples. It doesn't have any meaning of its own. The success or failure of the characters in the story does not affect the meaning of "to save".

CJ

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What does "to save" mean then?

does "to save" here mean that the person "killed those people with the reason that it would save them"? Wouldn't this mean that the person thinks that killing those people WILL save them?

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Julian Ng-Thow-Hing

does "to save" here mean that the person "killed those people with the reason that it would save them"?

Yes. Or "for the purpose of saving them".

Julian Ng-Thow-HingWouldn't this mean that the person thinks that killing those people WILL save them?

Yes.

CJ

Ok. Here's the full story:

Person A's family is stuck in the past, and in a couple days, they will all die. Person B, is a time traveler, and offers Person A a chance to bring Person A's family, and himself back to the future. Person B tells him in order to get a suitcase (which will bring you back to the future), you must kill these group of people. Person A kills those group of people, and after receiving the suitcause, he says

A: "I did this to save my family." <--- Person A killed those people because he is confident that doing so will save his family??? (even though he failed)???

B: "By the way, you only have 90 minutes, so you better act quick."

A: "You never told me I had 90 minutes!"


They ran out of time.


I have trouble understanding as I thought reasons were definite?

Julian Ng-Thow-Hing I thought reasons were definite

It seems you were wrong, whatever you meant by that.

I did this to save my family. = My desire to save my family was the reason that I did this.

We don't always get what we want. He wanted to save his family. He failed to save his family. That doesn't mean he didn't want to save his family. It remains true even after he fails that he did it to save his family.

CJ

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The thing I’m stuck on is if something is your reason to do it, does that mean while you were doing it you were certain that it would cause it? For example, he was certain that killing those board members and getting the suitcase would save his family, and even though he was certain, he ended up failing?

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