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- to be at fault
- Wer ist schuld? – Who is at fault? / Whose fault is it?
- In formal standard and in colloquial German, the verb is constructed with an + the dative case or with dass + a relative clause:
- Wer ist schuld an diesem Chaos? – "Whose fault is this chaos?" (more literally: “Who is at fault for this chaos?”).
- Wer ist schuld [daran], dass die Pressekonferenz so chaotisch war? - "Whose fault is it that the press conference was so chaotic?"
- Colloquial German also exhibits a construction with accusative object: Wer ist dieses Chaos schuld? This is particularly common with a pronominal object: Wer ist das schuld? – “Who is at fault for this?” In this latter case the construction is also seen in formal writing, albeit infrequently and with regionally varying acceptance.