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    testify to/of/about

    Hello,

    could you please tell me which preposition should be used in connection with "testify" (meaning to be a witness in court?)

    E.g.: The witness shall be obliged to testify to/of/about the circumstances of the crime.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: testify to/of/about

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hello,
    could you please tell me which preposition should be used in connection with "testify" (meaning to be a witness in court?)
    E.g.: The witness shall be obliged to testify to/of/about the circumstances of the crime.
    Thank you very much.
    Hanka
    Usually, in a court someone just testifies.. If you need a preposition (in this context), it's chiefly about.

    He testified about their life together.


    I've heard both the others, especially about particular things:

    He gave testimony of [usually not the verb 'testify'] her absence on the night of the murder.

    A neighbour was invited to speak to [sometimes 'testify to'] her good character.


    There are exceptions, as you'd expect with me

    The half-empty cup of hot tea testifies to the fact that she was here a minute ago.

    The half-empty cup of hot tea is testimony of her being here a minute ago.


    But these don't refer to the court context.

    b

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