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    He confided to /in me about the crime.

    He confided to /in me about the crime.

    Which word should I use? Can you explain why, please?

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    Re: He confided to /in me about the crime.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He confided to /in me about the crime.

    Which word should I use? Can you explain why, please?

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    According to the BNC "confided in" and "confided to" would seem to be about equally used. I don't find your sentence very natural though.

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    Re: He confided to /in me about the crime.

    Americans are strongly inclined to say "to confide in sb."

    And I agree with bhaisahab, it sounds slightly unnatural to me, I think because of the word "about." I feel more likely to use a noun afterwards, as in:

    "He confided in me the details of the crime."
    "He confided in me the truth about what happened that night."
    "He confided in me what had happened." etc.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: He confided to /in me about the crime.

    Quote Originally Posted by FreeToyInside View Post
    Americans are strongly inclined to say "to confide in sb."

    And I agree with bhaisahab, it sounds slightly unnatural to me, I think because of the word "about." I feel more likely to use a noun afterwards, as in:

    "He confided in me the details of the crime."
    "He confided in me the truth about what happened that night."
    "He confided in me what had happened." etc.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
    I would use confided "in" when the use is intransitive and "to" when the use is transitive.

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