Responsible Of or Responsible For – Which Is Correct?

In many contexts, it’s very important to set clear expectations as to what each individual has in terms of responsibility. In doing so, would you say “Responsible Of” or “Responsible For”?

Let’s find out which form is correct and how to use it.

Responsible Of or Responsible For – Which Is Correct?

“Responsible For” is the correct form, which you should use to indicate someone’s responsibility. “Responsible Of” is grammatically incorrect and should be avoided. There are some options to it, but keep in mind that the appropriate way to address a responsibility is by using “Responsible For”.

Responsible Of or Responsible For

Take a look at some examples, before we move forward:

  • George was responsible for cleaning the kitchen.
  • George was responsible of cleaning the kitchen. (incorrect)
  • It is the responsibility of George to clean the kitchen.
  • It’s George’s responsibility to clean the kitchen.

Let’s break those examples down a little. In the first sentence, you find the correct form in this case, using “Responsible For”.

Sentence two, shows how incorrect it’d be to use “Responsible Of”. That form is grammatically incorrect and you should never use it.

Sentences three and four, offer grammatically acceptable forms to replace the mistake on sentence two. You could say, “responsibility of George” and it’d be correct – in fact, more polished and classic, too.

Or you could use the most casual form, and say “George’s responsibility”. That would also work just fine.

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Responsible Of

To say “Responsible Of” is plain wrong. This is a grammatically incorrect expression that you should avoid at all costs.

In case you don’t want to use “Responsible For” (for whatever reason), instead of “Responsible Of”, you could use “responsibility of” or “someone’s responsibility”. Those would also be acceptable, from a grammatical stand point.

Let’s see some examples of how those expressions would work in sentences:

  1. Tessa was responsible of washing the dishes. (incorrect)
  2. It’s Tessa’s responsibility to wash the dishes.
  3. It’s the responsibility of Tessa to wash the dishes.
  1. Your brothers were responsible of picking up all the trash. (incorrect)
  2. It’s your brothers’ responsibility picking up all the trash.
  3. It’s the responsibility of your brothers picking up all the trash.

Each set of three sentences includes an incorrect sentence using “Responsible Of” (which, again, is wrong and you should never use) and two correct sentences – one with the forms “someone’s responsibility” and another with “responsibility of”.

Although grammatically correct, “responsibility of” sounds overdone. It sounds unnatural, or as if someone was trying to be over-polished in their speaking. It’s correct, we can’t deny it. But it doesn’t sound like an idiomatic expression we’d see frequently.

On the other hand, to say “Tessa’s responsibility” sounds perfectly natural – albeit very casual and informal.

Responsible For

“Responsible For” is the correct form, the grammatically acceptable manner of speaking you can safely incorporate into your vocabulary.

Here are some examples of “Responsible For” in use:

  1. I am responsible for walking the dog.
  2. Ella was responsible for taking out the trash.
  3. The team is responsible for making sure the app interface works perfectly.
  4. Sophia was responsible for leading the camp, and she did a great job.
  5. Bo is responsible for watching over the kids tomorrow, so we can go shopping.

“Responsible For” sounds natural and flows nicely in every sentence. Can you tell the difference, when comparing those sentences with the ones we saw on the previous set of examples?

Which Is Used the Most?

I believe you can guess by now which form is used more frequently, “Responsible For” or “Responsible Of”, right? Still, let’s take a look at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer to confirm our prediction.

Responsible Of or Responsible For usage

As expected, “Responsible For” is the predominant form. “Responsible Of” barely appears on the graph.

Being grammatically incorrect doesn’t prevent people from using certain expressions. That’s why sometimes “Responsible Of” appears, even if just slightly. Keep in mind it’s incorrect and you should always avoid it.

Keep using the correct form, “Responsible For”.

Responsible In

“Responsible In” is rarely used, because it has a strict meaning. By the way, it’s not the same meaning as “Responsible For”. You’d use “Responsible In” only when indicating that someone is “responsible in terms of”, as a comparison or as if it was a standard of sorts.

Take a look at the sentences below:

  1. Wendy was always responsible in doing her homework.
  2. Paul is very responsible in his mission of caring for the animals.
  3. Marian was responsible in preparing the food. (incorrect)
  4. George is responsible in riding his motorcycle. (incorrect)

Final Thoughts

When addressing someone’s responsibility in any field or activity, “Responsible For” is a correct form you can use. It’s grammatically accurate and would make sense to any audience you’re addressing. “Responsible Of”, on the other hand, is incorrect and should always be avoided.

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