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    I know "to blame" is used more frequently than "to be blamed".
    What is the difference between them?
    Could you please tell me?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: blame

    He blamed me for the accident, is in the active voice. ('He' is the subject of the verb and is performing the action; 'me' is receiving the action of the verb.)

    I was blamed for the accident, is in the passive voice. (In this case the subject of the verb ('I'), does nothing. The subject is being acted upon.

    Please note that in the active voice we learn who is doing the blaming and who is receiving the blame. In the passive voice we only know who is receiving the blame.

    Petra

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    Default Re: blame

    Hi, pyoung.
    Thank you so much.
    Here are two sentences:
    She is to blame.
    She is to be blamed.
    Someone says they are the same thing.
    That is my confusion.

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    Default Re: blame

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hi, pyoung.
    Thank you so much.
    Here are two sentences:
    She is to blame.
    She is to be blamed.
    Someone says they are the same thing.
    That is my confusion.
    hi, norwolf
    exactly, you can use both as blame can be "a noun", "a verb", or "an adjective".
    the first sentence with d in the word blamed. it is adjective and active sentence. the second one is passive sentence.
    When it is a noun, the sentence just like: She takes the blame for her childrens mistake
    When it is an adjective, the sentence is : the blamed boy is over there.
    When it is a verb, the sentence is She blamed me yesterday.

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    Default Re: blame

    Dear Norwolf:

    Yes, in this case they are very similar. The idiom to blame means at fault.
    For example, 'I was to blame for Norwolf's confusion over this usage.'
    So,
    She is to blame.
    She is to be blamed.
    have essentially the same meaning.

    All best wishes,
    Petra

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