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Topic: Expressions of Blames, Accusation, and Complaints

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Topic: Expressions of Blames, Accusation, and Complaints – By the end of the lesson you are expected to be able to identify the expressions of blames, accusation, and complaints.

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In this session you are going to learn three ‘discouraging’ expressions: blaming, accusing, and complaining. Why are these expressions considered as discouraging? The reason being, those expressions may cause some negative feelings to the person who experience it as well as to the person who is saying it. To begin the lesson, learn these following situations.

Have you ever feel disappointed to someone for not doing well in some important matter and fail to finish it or the results was not that satisfying? What did you do back then? Probably you would put the responsibility for that matter on him or her; you came to blame him or her.

In other situations, have you ever thought that someone probably did something bad, though you did not have any evidence to prove it? When you thought that someone has already done something unkind, illegal, or morally wrong, how did you react? Well, you most probably accused him or her for doing that.

Learning the situations, I believe you can differentiate between the expressions of blaming and accusing. The expressions of blaming are used when you claim someone to be responsible for doing something wrong.

For example:

Anwar : So, who was late submitting the paper?
Bobi : it was me.
Anwar : It is all because of you Mr. Johan did not want to receive all of our papers. Because of your tardiness he rejected any other student’s paper.
Bobi : I am sorry, I couldn’t help it. I forgot the submission date.
Anwar : Oh my God, I can’t believe that you did this to us.

Could you recognize the situation in dialog above? Yes, Anwar blames Bobi for being late in submitting paper that causes their teacher rejected all of students’ works. Look at the bold italic clauses; those express blaming.

Meanwhile the expressions of accusing are to be used when you think or say that someone has done something wrong, whether or not you have any evidence to prove it.

For example:
Citra : What happened? You look so sad.
Laras : Someone broke my painting. I left it in the club room yesterday since it was not dry yet. But, this morning I found my painting got cut crazily by scissors. I didn’t know what happened.
Citra : How could that happen? Do you have someone in mind who is probably capable of doing it?
Laras : Yeah, I think Meli is the only person who could have done it. Only she has the key of the room.
Citra : Moreover she has been jealous over your outstanding skill of painting ever since.

Look, in the dialog, Laras expresses the accusation over Meli for breaking her painting (the bold italic clause). Could you recognize it?

The last expressions to learn in this session are about complaints. The expressions of complaints are usually showed when you feel displeasure that someone has done something unsatisfying for you.

For example

Formal

Fatra : Excuse me, there seems to be something wrong with the air conditioner I bought yesterday from this store.
Shopkeeper : We are very sorry. We will check and fix the problem immediately.

Less formal

Fatra : I want to complain about the air conditioner I bought yesterday. The insect prevention filter did not work.
Shopkeeper : We are very sorry. We will check and fix the problem immediately.
In those similar dialogs, it is clearly seen that Fatra complains to the shop about the product he just bought. Look more careful at the use of formal and less formal expressions of complaints.

Keypoints

Here you are already provided with some useful expressions to blame, accuse, or complain over someone or something. The key points to remember from this session are as follow:

  • the expressions of blaming are used when you claim someone to be responsible for doing something wrong. You came to blame him or her when, in your perspective, she or he did something wrong and tended to harm your matters,
  • the expressions of accusing are to be used when you think or say that someone has done something wrong whether or not you know the truth or have any evidence to prove it,
  • the expressions of complaints are usually showed when you feel displeasure that someone has done something unsatisfying for you.
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