I’m trying to connect two sentences with the phrase “only to find out” / “only to discover”


This is an uncommon usage of English infinitive (to + <verb>) known as infinitive of result (as opposed to infinitive of purpose, which is much more common). To translate "only to ~" into Japanese, you usually have to split the clause into two and join them using が, けれど, etc.

  • I did it again, only to fail.
  • I searched everywhere, only to find nothing.
  • I went to the bookstore only to discover it was closed.
    本屋に行ったのに閉まっていると分かっただけだった。(more literal but may sound redundant)

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