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    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    if it is possible to say "the real culprit is XY", is it then also possible to say "the real responsible person is XY" when we are not talking about a crime? Because I think that the expression "culprit" may only be used in connection with a crime.

    Thank you very much.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: real?

    Yes, both are possible, and either are okay. Even though you are not talking about a crime, you can use culprit, because the person responsible was responsible for a bad thing. I would probably use 'culprit' in this case, but its up to you.

    EDIT: actually, culprit is used to describe someone who did it intentionally, so maybe not. Prior advice stands.

    Last edited by JSmiley; 15-Nov-2006 at 16:17.

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