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    vocabulary

    Which is the corrrect choice for the blank below, having or to having? why?

    World leaders turned a cautious eye to North Korea after the communist state admitted____________ a secret nuclear program.

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    Re: vocabulary

    Which is the corrrect choice for the blank below, having or to having? why?
    World leaders turned a cautious eye to North Korea after the communist state admitted having a secret nuclear program.


    Admit something = you say that it is true (usually you are unwilling to say the truth but you have to say it as in the above sentence)

    Admit to= to allow somebody to enter some place. Example: The security refused to admit him to the embassy.

    is admitted to= is allowed to join an organisation, university etc.
    Example: She was admitted to the graduate program at the university.

    Conclusion:
    The difference between "admit" and "admit to" is not a grammatical one but a lexical one.

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    Re: vocabulary

    World leaders turned a cautious eye to North Korea after the communist state admitted to a secret nuclear program.

    One admits to something

    . . . admits to the crime.

    . . . admit I dye my hair.

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