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    #1

    to be responsible for (somebody) doing something

    Hello again.

    Tom was responsible for the company not achieving its sales target.

    I have wanted to raise this question for a long time but somehow there was no opportunity.

    Let's establish the facts, first.

    1. If I said Tom was responsible for not achieving sales target, it would mean that Tom is responsible for the fact that he himself has not achieved sales target.
    2. If I said Tom was responsible for the company not achieving its sales target, it would mean that Tom is responsible for the fact that the company has not achieved its sales target.


    Could you tell me if I am wrong or right?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: to be responsible for (somebody) doing something

    #1 is ungrammatical. You need a determiner before "sales."

    For #2, you're correct.

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    #3

    Re: to be responsible for (somebody) doing something

    Tom was responsible for not achieving his sales target.

    Is it properly used now?

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    #4

    Re: to be responsible for (somebody) doing something

    Yes, now it is grammatical.

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    #5

    Re: to be responsible for (somebody) doing something

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    it would mean that Tom is was responsible for the fact that he himself has not achieved did not achieve ... etc.

    it would mean that Tom is was responsible for the fact that the company has not achieved did not achieve ... etc.

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