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    I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    1) I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    2) I swear to the god I didn't do it.

    Are these sentences correct? What is the difference between "swear by" and "swear to"?

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1) I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    2) I swear to the god God, I didn't do it.
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    What is the difference between "swear by" and "swear to"?
    You swear to God/someone to assure someone of something.
    I swear to you that I did not steal that money.

    You swear by something dear/of value to say/assert something.
    I swear by my mother's grave that I'm telling the truth.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I swear by my mother's grave that I'm telling the truth.
    In BrE, that would be "I swear on​ my mother's grave ..."

    However, the opening of the oath read out in the witness box in court is "I swear by almighty God that I will tell the truth, ..."
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Jun-2017 at 17:53.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    I would use either by God or to God with no difference in meaning.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    Another use of "swear by" is, e.g.,

    He's been using that arthritis cream for years. He swears by it.

    That means he has full confidence in it.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    to swear by God has the sense of in the presence of God as my witness.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Another use of "swear by" is, e.g.,

    He's been using that arthritis cream for years. He swears by it.

    That means he has full confidence in it.
    Okay so we can say "I have been doing it for years. I swear by it." Or "I do it everyday I swear by it." Or "She is my friend. I swear by it."

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    You can't do something everyday. Do you remember how to express the idea correctly? Can you write a sentence on a different subject that uses everyday right?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    Tufguy, it should be every day.

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    Re: I swear by the god I didn't do it.

    I purposely didn't tell tufguy that, Andrew. Students tend to remember better if they have to stretch a little to answer a question.
    I am not a teacher.

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