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    "guilty" and "to be blamed"

    Hi,

    Please, I would like to know if these words mean the same.

    I am used to seeing people to be considered "guilty" by a jury in a tribunal but I wonder if it can be used in other circumstances.

    Are the following sentences correct?

    I am guilty of being generous.
    I am to be blamed for being generous.
    Who's to be blamed for this mess?
    Who's the guilty of making this mess?
    Who's the guilty of our failure?
    Who's to be blamed for our failure?

    When cannot I use "guilty"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "guilty" and "to be blamed"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,

    Please, I would like to know if these words mean the same.

    I am used to seeing people to be considered "guilty" by a jury in a tribunal but I wonder if it can be used in other circumstances.

    Are the following sentences correct?

    I am guilty of being generous.
    I am to be blamed for being generous.
    Who's to be blamed for this mess?
    Who's guilty of making this mess?
    Who's guiltyof our failure?
    Who's to be blamed for our failure?

    When cannot I use "guilty"?

    Thanks.
    'guilty' is an adjective, not a noun.

    I'd say both carry the meaning of being responsible for a fault or an error. However, there are differences when it comes to convey a specific undertone.

    'Blame' stresses censure or punishment for a lapse or misdeed for which one is held responsible.

    'Guilt'applies to willful and deliberate wrongdoing and stresses moral culpability.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 12-Apr-2008 at 02:09.

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    Re: "guilty" and "to be blamed"

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    'guilty' is an adjective, not a noun.

    ...
    , although there are contexts where it behaves like a noun: "the purpose of this law is to punish the guilty, not to protect the innocent."

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    Re: "guilty" and "to be blamed"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    , although there are contexts where it behaves like a noun: "the purpose of this law is to punish the guilty, not to protect the innocent."

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    Please, what about the sentences I have posted? Are they good and casual English? Is any of theses sentences odd to a native speaker?

    I am guilty of being generous.
    I am to be blamed for being generous.
    Who's to be blamed for this mess?
    Who's the guilty of making this mess?
    Who's the guilty of our failure?
    Who's to be blamed for our failure?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "guilty" and "to be blamed"

    !!! What Snowcake said was right; I thought I'd made that clear. I was simply adding that in other contexts 'guilty' could behave like a noun. And as I was talking about other contexts I couldn't use your sentences. Snowcake had already done a perfectly good job of correcting them.

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