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    Phrasal verb "own up"

    I have tried to use "own up to" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The critics of the president argue that he never owns up to his mistakes and his failed policies.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "own up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    The critics of the president argue that he never owns up to his mistakes and his failed policies.
    Use "The president's critics" or "critics of the president" instead of "the critics of the president."

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    Re: Phrasal verb "own up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use "own up to" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The critics of the president argue that he never owns up to his mistakes and his failed policies.
    If the writer wants to avoid overtly supporting the critics, they should write The president's critics argue that he never owns up to what they call his mistakes and failed policies.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "own up"

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    If the writer wants to avoid overtly supporting the critics, they should write The president's critics argue that he never owns up to what they call his mistakes and failed policies.
    Then there's always the danger that by adding this, instead of being interpreted as a neutral report, it may be construed that the writer of the sentence thinks the president has not in fact made any mistakes or failed in policy.

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