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"Blame" is a noun which is often translated as "la culpa", and "fault" is a noun which is also often translated as "la culpa". Learn more about the difference between "blame" and "fault" below.
blame(
bleym
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (responsibility)
a. la culpa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can't put the blame on your parents for your bad results.No puedes echar a tus padres la culpa de tus malos resultados.
2. (reproach)
a. la culpa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I am now hoping to resume my career without blame.Ahora espero poder retomar mi carrera sin culpa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to hold responsible)
a. culpar
People blame the government for the financial crisis.La gente culpa al gobierno por la crisis financiera.
b. echar la culpa a
You can't blame others for your own mistakes.No puedes echarle la culpa a los demás de tus propios errores.
4. (to reproach)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't blame him for not wanting to work a 60-hour week.Entiendo perfectamente que no quiera trabajar 60 horas por semana.
You can hardly blame school principals for complaining about budget problems.Es natural que los directores de las escuelas se quejen de tener problemas de presupuesto.
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fault(
falt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (responsibility)
a. la culpa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm sorry; it's my fault your white T-shirts are pink now.Lo siento; es mi culpa que tus camisetas blancas sean rosas ahora.
2. (flaw in someone)
a. el defecto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He thinks his new girlfriend has no faults.Cree que su nueva novia no tiene defectos.
3. (flaw in something)
a. el defecto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a fault in the circuit board. It needs to be replaced.Hay un defecto en la placa de circuitos. Hay que reemplazarla.
b. la avería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We need to find the fault in this machine so we can get it running again.Hay que hallar la avería en esta máquina para poder echarla a andar de nuevo.
c. la falla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Heating systems generally break down because of a lack of maintenance and not because of a major fault.Los sistemas de calefacción no suelen descomponerse por una falla grave sino por falta de mantenimiento.
d. el fallo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The plane was delayed from taking off so the mechanics could fix a fault in the engine.Se retrasó el despegue del avión para que los mecánicos pudieran arreglar un fallo del motor.
4. (sports)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(tennis)
He had one fault against him and couldn't allow another.Tenía una falta en su contra y no podía permitirse otra.
5. (geology)
a. la falla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Energy release associated with movement on active faults is the cause of most earthquakes.La liberación de energía asociada con el movimiento que se produce en fallas activas suele ser la causa de los terremotos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to censure)
a. criticar
I cannot fault that rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. It was perfect.No puedo criticar esa interpretación de la Quinta Sinfonía de Beethoven. Estuvo perfecta.
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