Blame in English

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Key sentences

Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Why didn't you (verb) ? I should have (verb).
Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Whose fault is it?
Who is to blame?
It's (adverb) my fault.
I'm (adverb) to blame.
Blaming Accepting or denying blame
What did you do wrong? If I hadn't (mistake) this wouldn't have happened

Drills

Say these sentences without looking.

Why didn't you (verb) ?
verb sentence
remember Why didn't you remember ?
check Why didn't you check ?
look Why didn't you look ?
reply Why didn't you reply ?
I should have (verb).
verb sentence
written it down I should have written it down.
tried harder I should have tried harder.
been more careful I should have been more careful.
been more prompt I should have been more prompt.
It's (adverb) my fault.
adverb sentence
all It's all my fault.
not entirely It's not entirely my fault.
partly It's partly my fault.
not at all It's not at all my fault.
If I hadn't (mistake) this wouldn't have happened
mistake sentence
forgotten If I hadn't forgotten this wouldn't have happened
been careless If I hadn't been careless this wouldn't have happened
been distracted If I hadn't been distracted this wouldn't have happened
been so slow If I hadn't been so slow this wouldn't have happened

Example

Practice this conversation.

Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Why didn't you (remember) ? I should have (written it down).
Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Whose fault is it? It's (all) my fault.
Blaming Accepting or denying blame
What did you do wrong? If I hadn't (forgotten) this wouldn't have happened

Change partners. Use your imagination and change the sentences.

Exercise

Use your imagination. Make your own conversation.

Blaming Accepting or denying blame

Why didn't you ... ?

I should have ... .

Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Whose fault is it? It's ... my fault.
Blaming Accepting or denying blame
What did you do wrong? If I hadn't ... this wouldn't have happened

Change partners. Use your imagination and make another conversation.

Practice

Blaming Accepting or denying blame
Your partner was involved in a failure. Ask them if it is their fault. You were involved in a failure. Choose one and imagine your role in it:
  • You are a high school student and you failed a class.
  • You were driving and you were in a car accident.
  • Your and your coworkers failed at a project.

Further study


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