admit lying or admit to lying?

sungstar

Senior Member
Korean
I'm not sure which is correct. Are they both correct?

He admitted lying to his wife.
He admitted to lying to his wife.
 
  • lazie jaye

    Member
    English, United States
    The second is grammatically correct. However, people often say the first one too in daily conversation.

    I would say however...

    "He admitted that he lied to his wife."
     

    94kittycat

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I don't think that any of the two sentaces is wrong, but I'm pretty sure that, "he admitted to lying to his wife," is the one that's more official.
     
    The second is grammatically correct. However, people often say the first one too in daily conversation.

    I would say however...

    "He admitted that he lied to his wife."

    This is a good sentence because it avoids having to repeat "to" in the same sentence. Another example is "I know that that man is a teacher." Having the same word repeat in the same sentence can usually be avoided by reconstructing the sentence as Lazie Jaye did. :)

    Drei
     
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