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"There seems to be a strong stigma about loneliness. Many people will admit to being depressed before they'll talk about being lonely. They fear being judged as unlikeable, a loser, or weird so they don't discuss their sense of aloneness, alienation, or exclusion."
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Many prepositional combinations using "to" are followed by gerunds
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The verb admit is a gerund taker. But I think that admit to here is an idiom which means that it should be followed by the preposition to + –ing. Are admit to + -ing and admit + v. –ing interchangeable? I do mean if I want to use the latter instead of the former, does that affect the meaning?
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