“Dreiser was born in 1871 into a large family whose fortunes had in the recent past taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Before Theodore’s birth, his father had built up a successful factory business only to lose it to a fire”.
In what instances can we use this “lose to”?
In the above passage I believe narrator purposly used “lost to a fire” instead of a weaker one “was lost in a fire”.
I have recently read an article about the methods of irrigation:“Sprinkler systems are a more efficient type of surface irrigation, but they also lose water to evaporation”.
Somehow, I would not use “lose water to evaporation in this sentence”. For me it does not seem right.
Can we say e.g." His fortune was lost to a gambling"?
What is the difference between" Lost in a fire and lost to a fire.
Please, please provide as many examples as possible.
Thank you so much.