own up to

quietdandelion

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Formosa/Chinese
They've also requested that the U.S. take responsibility and own up to its past mistakes.

Could I replace own up to with admit and confess?
Second, is own up to often used?
Thanks.
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    They've also requested that the U.S. take responsibility and own up to its past mistakes.

    Could I replace own up to with admit and confess?
    Second, is own up to often used?
    Thanks.
    "Admit" could be used in place of "own up to" but "confess" doesn't work for me. "Confess" has a criminal-sounding nature to it that doesn't correlate with "own up" in the context of this sentence.

    Yes, "own up" is used quite often.
     

    GrandBlank

    Member
    English/U.S.
    I feel that this construction is redundant, as own up to may also be interpreted as take responsibility for. (We also reveal a missing "for" in the sentence.)

    Revised:
    They've also requested that the U.S. take responsibility and own up to its past mistakes.
     
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