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«He admits to having been lying» or «he admits to have been lying»?
Why is it correct to write «he admits to having been lying», but not «he admits to have been lying»? (Perhaps the context is relevant.)
Re: «He admits to having been lying» or «he admits to have been lying»?
As Bob says, you need a noun or gerund.
Originally Posted by Spamous
All of these use a gerund and are correct:
1. He admits to lying.
2. He admits to having lied.
3. He admits to having been lying.
While 3. is correct, it wouldn't be used often. But since you want a progressive form in the past, you could say 3, or 4.
3. He admits that he had been lying.
Your other form, "*he admits to have been lying" is wrong because of the requirements of: admit to, confess to.
With some verbs you can use this structure:
He pretends to have been lying.
He claims to have been lying.
In these cases, we can't use the form of sentence 1. *He pretends to lying, so we can't use 2 or 3 either.
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