Most students use a dictionary to find the meanings of words. However, this is not enough; you also need to know how to use words correctly or accurately.
For example, you might know the meaning of the word "blame", but do you know which preposition follows it? Do you know that it can be a verb or a noun? Do you know which verbs can be used with the noun "the blame"?
- Many people blame politicians for the economic crisis. (verb)
- Politicians have taken the blame for the economic crisis. (take + noun)
- Other people put the blame for this problem on the banks. (put + noun)
- They think the banks are to blame for the crisis. (phrase: is/are to blame)
At advanced levels, you should stop thinking that your dictionary is just a translator. Use it to improve your accuracy.