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    Default verb admit

    I know that the verb 'admit' is followed by gerund, then what is 'admit to' and how is used?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    I know that the verb 'admit' is followed by gerund, then what is 'admit to' and how is used?
    thanks guys
    Sam admits having the affair. <gerund>
    Sam admits to having the affair. <gerund>
    Sam admits to the affair. <noun>

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    Default Re: verb admit

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Sam admits having the affair. <gerund>
    Sam admits to having the affair. <gerund>
    Sam admits to the affair. <noun>
    I don't like the first example. I wouldn't say it, but perhaps Lauralie is not alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't like the first example. I wouldn't say it, but perhaps Lauralie is not alone.
    What if it were a reduced relative clause?


    • Sam admits having / Sam admits that he had

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't like the first example. I wouldn't say it, but perhaps Lauralie is not alone.
    The first one (Sam admits having the affair, drinking the beer, killing his wife,etc.)sounds natural to me. Perhaps we have here a difference between BrE and NorthAmE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Perhaps we have here a difference between BrE and NorthAmE.
    I'm not even sure about that. It may be just a personal thing I can't explain.

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