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    swear on somebody

    Hi,

    Can we use ''swear'' in this way;

    ''Swear on me that you won't deceive me.''

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    Re: swear on somebody

    I would use 'to' instead of 'on'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: swear on somebody

    You can however swear by someone or something. See here for examples.

    This construction is often used in a rather melodramatic way.
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    Re: swear on somebody

    You can use both "by" and "on" in different contexts.

    I swear by God I'll never let you get away with that again.
    I swear on my mother's life that I did not steal that pen.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: swear on somebody

    She swore on her life...
    She swore by God...
    She swore to me...

    ''on'' with ''life''
    ''by'' with ''God''
    ''to'' with ''someone''

    Have I understood correctly?

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    #6

    Re: swear on somebody

    I think you have.

    Also, I found 'swear on the Bible' at http://www.desiringgod.org/interview...r-on-the-bible
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Sep-2016 at 08:02. Reason: Fixed a typo.
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    #7

    Re: swear on somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Have I understood correctly?
    By does not have to be with God. You can swear by someone or something that you trust/rely on absolutely.

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