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    A Problem of Usage

    Is it common to say "confess doing sth"?

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by huo View Post
    Is it common to say "confess doing sth"?
    "I confess to doing sth"
    "You confess..."
    "He/She confesses..."
    "We/They confess..."

    Yes it is common usage.

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Just to clarify:

    It's common usage to say "to confess to doing something", in standard English, as Bhaisahab says; but not to say "to confess doing something".

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Im not a teacher

    confess a fault
    confess a debt
    confess everything
    to confess to a crime
    he confessed his crime to the police
    he confessed to cheating on the exam
    he confessed to us that he had lied
    confess to having done something
    to make a confession
    he made a public confession that he had accepted bribes

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Just to clarify:

    It's common usage to say "to confess to doing something", in standard English, as Bhaisahab says; but not to say "to confess doing something".

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    A Longman dictionary says 'to' is optional.

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    A Longman dictionary says 'to' is optional.
    Yes, it can be optional, it depends on the context.

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    I've never heard it without the "to" (in BrE, at least).

    Does the dictionary give an example, Clark?

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    I've never heard it without the "to" (in BrE, at least).

    Does the dictionary give an example, Clark?

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    Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture:
    'He confessed (to) leaving the cigarette on the chair.'

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Many thanks for the reference, Clark. I'm quite surprised it would sound very strange to me without the "to".

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    Re: A Problem of Usage

    Could this be a difference between BE vs AmE?
    The omission of 'to' does not sound odd to my ear.
    Although I think the version with 'to' would be more common, I've heard both 'confess doing' and 'confess to doing' used on this side of the pond.
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