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Anonymous:In what cases the gerund/infinitive form should be used with the verb admit ?
She admitted (to make) /making a mistake.
The new law was generally admitted to be (being) difficult to enforce.
thanx in advance,
rvw:Admit to is an idiom. Technically it consists of the intransitive verb admit and the preposition to. The idiomatic combination admit to means acknowledge.
She admitted to making a mistake means She acknowledged making a mistake. Technically, making is the gerund object of the preposition to, and the whole phrase to making a mistake describes in what way she admitted.
I'm not sure that the second sentence works as written. One could say
The difficulty of enforcing the new law was generally admitted to [acknowledged].
The new law was generally recognized as being difficult to enforce.
Use "admit to -ing". You can also use "admit -ing". Do not use "admit to" followed by a verb without the -ing except in the passive usage (was admitted to be difficult).
She admitted to making a mistake.
She admitted making a mistake.
(She admitted to make a mistake is wrong.)
paco2004"Admit" is a gerund taker and the gerund can connote the action happened prior to "admit". So "she admitted making a mistake". When "admit" is used in a passive form, the construct should be "be admitted to have done". So "the new law is admitted to have been difficult to enforce".pacoI didn't understand about this gerund taker thing. Raymond Murphy says that this verb, when followed by another one, takes the ing form. Wikidictionary also says that this verb is a catenative verb followed by a gerund. So can anyone tell me when I use admit + to infinitive? What gerund taker means? Are there another verbs in the same situation?
Mikaelgerund takerA word that is normally followed by a gerund (-ing verb).
MikaelRaymond Murphy says that this verb, when followed by another one, takes the ing form.So Raymond Murphy is saying that this verb is "a gerund taker".
MikaelWikidictionary also says that this verb is a catenative verb followed by a gerund.So this dictionary is also saying that this verb is "a gerund taker".
All you have here is three different ways of saying the same thing.
MikaelSo can anyone tell me when I use admit + to infinitive?If you go back through this thread again, carefully, you will see that this question has already been answered, and the answer is "Never".
He admits to go. Wrong.
They admit to find it. Wrong.
She admitted to be seen there. Wrong.
CalifJimHe admits to go. Wrong.That's what I thought until seeing this sentence: The appointment is now generally admitted to have been a mistake.
Shouldn't that be admitted to having been?
That sentece I got from the Oxford Dictionary.
Do not use "admit to" followed by a verb without the -ing except in the passive usage (was admitted to be difficult).
I neglected to add this underlined phrase after "Never" when I restated the rule again for you.
This means that this, with its passive "is admitted", is correct:
The appointment is now generally admitted to have been a mistake.
CalifJimShe admitted to making a mistake.Do those sentences have the same meaning or you used them just to give a example?
Can I say:
She admits to being strict with her children.
She admits being strict with her children.
He admitted to all his mistakes.
He admitted all his mistakes
Do they have the same meaning?
Are they gramatically correct?
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