One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a catastrophe befell their grandsons’
happen to, overtake, come upon, fall upon, hit, strike, be visited on
2‘she was to blame for anything that befell’
happen, occur, take place, chance to happen, arise, emerge, come about, transpire, materialize, appear, make an appearance, surface, crop up, spring up, present itself
ensue, follow, result, supervene
North American informal go down
come to pass, betide
rare hap, eventuate
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