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She is guilty about her treatment of her family.
Does it mean:
1. She is ashamed and sad because of the way she treats her family.
2. She is ashamed and sad because of the way her family treats her.
In your post #4, "guilty about" can't mean ""feeling very ashamed and sad because you know that you have done something wrong."
"feeling guilty about" could mean that. This is important because your original sentence says "She is guilty about ..." That was my point.
You also can't change just "guilty about" for "ashamed"; it would have to be at least "ashamed about".
Do you have a reference for the dictionary?
Last edited by Raymott; 12-May-2014 at 12:17.