I have a question about the usage of the verb "result". On the web, I found sentences along the lines of:

  1. Damage resulted to the car.

But dictionaries say that the verb "result" should be used like the following:

  1. Damage to the car resulted from carelessness.
  2. Carelenesss resulted in damage to the car.

Is sentence 1 then poor usage? What do native speakers think?

1 Answer 1


Result to is frequent in legal and insurance contexts.

Insurer will not be held liable for damage resulting to insured's property from Acts of God, Acts of War or civil unrest, or earthquake and other natural disasters.

Result licenses both to- and from- phrases.

Consider this example.

  • Also Damage to the car resulted in it being written off. Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:46
  • The reason for its use in legal and insurance contexts is that the fact that the car was damaged in the process of some event is important, but it can be very hard to specify causailty ("The car was damaged by X"). Worth noting is that use of this phrasing makes your speech sound quite strange. Its usually an indication to the listener that the speaker intends to treat a situation as a lawyer and every word choice matters.
    – Cort Ammon
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 22:23

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