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    I was to blame/ I was blame

    Are the sentences below correct? If "yes", what's the difference between them?

    1. I was to blame.

    2. I was blame.

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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    "I was blame" is ungrammatical.
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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    Are the sentences below correct? If "yes", what's the difference between them?

    1. I was to blame.

    2. I was blame.
    "I was blame" is wrong because it uses "blame" as an adjective. "I was to blame" is a correct sentence which you can understand as a shorter version of "I was the one to blame (for the failure)."
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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    1. I was to blame. <- Is "blame" a noun or a verb?

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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    1. I was to blame. <- Is "blame" a noun or a verb?
    Clearly it isn't a noun. After consulting a dictionary, I think "to blame" is an idiomatic adjectival phrase. I can see how it could confuse someone learning English.

    I've updated my post, thanks.
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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    You could say "I was blamed", kompstar.
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    Re: I was to blame/ I was blame

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say "I was blamed", kompstar.
    I was to blame. (= it was my fault)
    I was blamed. (= people said it was my fault, but I might think differently)

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