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    blame something for something else or blame something else on something

    Hello everyone!

    a) Tom Cruise could perhaps blame this outburst, where he told Oprah Winfrey how he felt about his then new girlfriend Katie Holmes, on the continuing growth of part of his brain.

    b) Tom Cruise could perhaps blame the continuing growth of part of his brain for this outburst, where he told Oprah Winfrey how he felt about his then new girlfriend Katie Holmes.

    In my opinion, both the sentences mean the same. The only difference is that in sentence a) Tom Cruise blames X on Y and in sentence b) He blames Y for X.

    Do you agree?

    X = this outburst

    Y = the continuing growth of part of his brain

    Thank you

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    Re: blame something for something else or blame something else on something

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everyone!

    a) Tom Cruise could perhaps blame this outburst, when he told Oprah Winfrey how he felt about his then new girlfriend Katie Holmes, on the continuing growth of part of his brain.

    b) Tom Cruise could perhaps blame the continuing growth of part of his brain for this outburst, when he told Oprah Winfrey how he felt about his then new girlfriend Katie Holmes.

    In my opinion, both of the sentences (or: both sentences) mean the same thing. The only difference is that in sentence a) Tom Cruise blames X on Y and in sentence b) He blames Y for X.

    Do you agree?

    X = this outburst

    Y = the continuing growth of part of his brain

    Thank you.
    Yes.

    I don't really get what "the continuing growth of part of his brain" means, but I suppose Tom does.
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