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    She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    She blamed me that I didn't watch my son.
    She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    How to use "look" in the sentence above?

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    #2

    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    I would change "that" to "because " in both sentences.

    In the second, you could change "at" to "after" or "out for".

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    I find "She blamed me that ..." very unnatural too. In addition to Mike's suggestion to change "that" to "because", I suggest:

    She blamed me for not looking out for my son.
    She blamed me for not watching [over] my son.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    'Blamed' sounds to me as if something untoward had happened in consequence of the speaker's not watching the child. Am I right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I find "She blamed me that ..." very unnatural too.
    Would it be less unnatural if 'in' was added before 'that'?

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    I had the same thought, Matthew.

    No, the addition of "in" would not be any better.

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    #6

    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    We usually blame something (or someone) for something. For example:

    Ron blamed the bad weather for his sour mood.

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    'She blamed me for my son's injury consequent on my not watching him.'
    Can it be another example?
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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    "Consequent on" isn't natural in BrE.

    She blamed me for my son's injury due to my not watching [over] him [properly].
    She blame me for my son's injury because I wasn't watching [over] him [properly].
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Consequent on" isn't natural in BrE.
    I found it in a British dictionary: http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ish/consequent

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    Re: She blamed me that I didn't look at my son.

    This is probably more common:

    She blamed me for my son's injury which was a consequence of my not watching [over] him [properly].

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