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    #1

    ascribe any reason for his failure

    I can't ascribe any reason for his failure. (Standard TOEFL Vocabulary)

    Does the above sentence mean I can't ascribe his failure to any reason?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: ascribe any reason for his failure

    I imagine that meaning is what the writer intended. Unfortunately he produced unnatural English. We ascribe something to something.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Oct-2015 at 07:38.

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    Re: ascribe any reason for his failure

    This is the second thread I've read just this morning in which you've quoted from the Standard TOEFL Vocabulary and both contained errors. If you really want to get your TOEFL qualification, I suggest you throw that book away and get one written by a native speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ascribe any reason for his failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We ascribe something to something.
    Can we say "we ascribe something to somebody"?

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    Re: ascribe any reason for his failure

    Yes. See definition 2 here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ascribe

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