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    Hi,

    can I use gerunds with the word "concede" without using preposition "to" as in the sentence below?

    He concedes killing his wife.



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    Default Re: using gerunds

    He conceded that he [had] killed his wife.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: using gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos View Post
    Hi,

    can I use gerunds with the word "concede" without using preposition "to" as in the sentence below?

    He concedes killing his wife.



    Thanks
    amigos
    You would hear/read it expressed that way.

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    Default Re: using gerunds

    He admits killing his wife.
    He admits to killing his wife.


    Those two are fine, but He concedes (to) killing his wife sounds wrong to me.

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    Default Re: using gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    He admits killing his wife.
    He admits to killing his wife.


    Those two are fine, but He concedes (to) killing his wife sounds wrong to me.
    Ditto. I wouldn't use "concede" and follow it with "to" or a gerund.

    He conceded that he killed his wife.
    He conceded that he had killed his wife.
    He conceded the fact that he [had] killed his wife.

    Along the same lines as 5jj, I would use:

    He admitted killing his wife.
    He admitted to killing his wife.
    He admitted to having killed his wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    You would hear/read it expressed that way.
    "Admit" is one of several verbs that typically and correctly may be followed by a gerund and while it might be a stretch, I would include "concede" which is, at least, similar in meaning.

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    Default Re: using gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Admit" is one of several verbs that typically and correctly may be followed by a gerund and while it might be a stretch, I would include "concede" which is, at least, similar in meaning.
    It's very similar in meaning in this context, but that does not, in itself, mean that it's used in identical ways.

    Does the acceptability of "I advise you to go" mean that we can say "I suggest you to go"? I think not.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Mar-2013 at 06:16.

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    Default Re: using gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's very similar in meaning in this context, but that does not, in itself, mean that it's used in identical ways.

    Does the acceptability of "I advise you to go" mean that we can say "I suggest you to go"? I think not. Nor do I, but they are obviously not the same terms . My Webster's includes a definition of "admit" as "to concede as true"
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