[Grammar] He admitted to stealing/having stolen the car

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angelene001

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I've got a sentence:
"Yes, I stole the car," he said.

When I change it into reported speech, are both versions correct:
1. He admitted to having stolen the car.
2. He admitted to stealing the car.
 

Rover_KE

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Yes, they are, but #2 is by far the more colloquial way of saying it.

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I'd choose 2.
I'd also say that 1. is the reported version of "Yes, I had stolen the car."
 
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