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    Testify About/To

    I have a question about the usage of "testify about" and "testify to". Suppose the setting is a court trial for a burglary case, and John is on the witness stand:


    1. John testified about Peter's role in the burglary.
    2. John testified to Peter's role in the burglary.
    How is "about" and "to" different?
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    Re: Testing About/To

    I would choose "about". He is telling a story about what happened.

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    Re: Testing About/To

    So, what would "John testified to Peter's role in the burglary" mean?

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    Re: Testing About/To

    Usually, "testify to" means that the speaker is talking about what he/she did.

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    Re: Testing About/To

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    So, what would "John testified to Peter's role in the burglary" mean?
    I am not a teacher.

    That sentence would be wrong.

    'Testify to' is used to show the existence of something. John could be a character witness speaking on behalf of Peter. e.g. John testified to Peter's honesty.

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