blame something for something else or blame something else on something

JACEK1

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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
 

Charlie Bernstein

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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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