| #2 (permalink) Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:25 am Why is "must admit to being" gramatically right?
I assume your basic question is why the word "being" (instead of "be") is correct.
The reason is that the word "to" is a preposition in this sentence and you need a gerund (the -ing form) after a prepostion. It is similar to the phrasal verb "look forward to":
"I look forward to seeing you."
Coming back to the test sentence, it is also possible to omit the prepositon "to" after the word "admit":
"I admit being suspicious of him."
(But it is not possible to omit "to" in the phrasal verb "look forward to")
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