what happens instead

Pavel Pin

Senior Member
Muriel asks Evelyn whether she stays in the hotel or not:

Evelyn: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.
Muriel: Most things don't. But, you know, sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.

What is the purpose of "instead"?
Source: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    In place of.

    Something is expected.
    Something else happens.
    The 'something' that happens is better than the 'something' that is expected.
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