I know that "responsible for" is common but I wonder what happens if I say, "Hitler is responsible of the massacre of Jews"?

I think that when one blames someone for something, using "of" makes sense.

My mother-language is not English but somehow "responsible of" makes more sense to me than the "responsible for".

Or I am just talking with no sense?


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It is "responsible for something" and "responsible to someone". How "responsible" is constructed in other languages is irrelevant. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/responsible


I think that usually

"of" - tends to be used as a possessive identifier as in "son of Sam" while "for" - can act as a helping verb (for doing this thing/that thing where the doing part is implied), as well as acting as a possessive identifier as in "a gift for Sally" (maybe possessive identifier isn't exactly the right part of speech here but it does indicate a sort of possessiveness - Sally must be the owner of the gift if it is for her)

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