If you blame someone for something bad that has happened, you think that they made it happen.
Police blamed the bus driver for the accident.
Don’t blame me!
You can blame something on someone.
Maya blames all her problems on her parents.
If someone is to blame for something bad that has happened, they caused it.
I knew I was partly to blame for the failure of the project.
The study found that schools are not to blame for the laziness of their pupils.
If a bad or undesirable situation is your fault, you caused it or are responsible for it.
It’s not my fault if the car breaks down.
This was all Jack’s fault.
You can say that someone is at fault. Do not say that they are
The other driver was at fault.
Find out more in our English Usage article.
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