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    Was To

    Eight people died in an explosion at a government building in Russia's Ingushetia province.An initial investigation suggested a gas leak was to blame

    Can someone explain was to ?

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    Re: Was To

    It's 'was + to blame'.

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    Re: Was To

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's 'was + to blame'.
    I know but it refers to what ? Past Future ?

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    Re: Was To

    It refers to the past, there was an explosion, an investigation decided that a gas leak was to blame; it was caused by a gas leak.

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    Re: Was To

    The 'was' and the 'to' have no connection. Think of a synonym for 'to blame', or paraphrase - '... a gas-leak was culpable/the cause'. The word 'culpable' preserves the idea of 'blame', which makes it slightly more appropriate*, as what the investigation wanted was not just the cause - it wanted to find something they could blame.

    *But I think 'to blame' is better, as 'culpable' often refers to a person (or to something done/not done by a person = for example 'culpable neglect').

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