Suggest: ✓ suggest doing something, suggest (that) someone do something ✗ suggest to do something, suggest someone to do something

A lot of English learners struggle with the verb suggest because suggest is an unusual English verb. It is not used in a sentence the same way that other verbs are.

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Suggest means mention or recommkết thúc something to think about, or something someone should vị. You suggest a thought or an idea.

1. “I suggest that you Điện thoại tư vấn hyên.”

suggest that someone vì something

This is the most difficult use of suggest for English learners to understand, so take some time to read this part of the lesson carefully.

You want khổng lồ tell someone your opinion. You want lớn tell them khổng lồ vị something.

Don’t use me, us, you, etc. as indirect object pronouns after suggest. Use a that-clause after suggest.

What is a that-clause?A clause is any part of a sentence that has a subject and a verb. A sentence is one or more clauses joined together. A that-clause is a clause that starts with the conjunction that. A conjunction joins two clauses or sentences together into lớn one longer sentence.

Start your sentence with this specific structure:

I suggest that…

The next part of the sentence needs a subject & a verb, because it’s a clause.

I suggest that someone bởi vì something

“Someone” is the subject of the clause. The subject is followed by the verb phrase “do something.”

REMEMBER: Don’t use an infinitive after suggest. Don’t say “I suggest to vì chưng something.”

Example sentences

I suggest that you memorize sentences instead of grammar rules!

Emily suggests that we go out for dinner after the movie.

My mom suggested that I get a summer job.

Her brother suggests that she study harder so she can get into a good university.

Hmmmmilimet. Let’s look at that last sentence. Do you notice something strange about the verb?

Her brother suggests that she study harder so she can get into a good university.

Shouldn’t it be “she studies“?

No. This is what makes the English verb suggest different from other verbs.

Rethành viên, in this structure, I suggest is followed by a that-clause. A clause contains a subject và a verb.

The verb in the that-clause is the subjunctive form.

Don’t let the word subjunctive scare you! This is a very rare verb form, & it is rarely used in English today.

Learn more: Advanced English grammar: The subjunctive sầu mood

In the subjunctive sầu size, the verb doesn’t change. Don’t add -s or change the verb after the subjects he, she, or it. The verb says in the base form of the verb. The base form, or the bare infinitive, is the simplest size of a verb. It’s the way that you find a verb in the dictionary.

Her brother suggests that she study harder.NOT: Her brother suggests that she studies harder.

NOTE: You cannot use another verb tense in the that-clause. You cannot use the simple past. You must use the subjunctive form.

Also, in American English it is not common to use should in the that-clause. It is more common in British English.

More example sentences

She suggests that he go to France instead of Italy this summer.

I suggested that she be Queen Elsa from Frozen for Halloween!

I suggested that he ask someone else for help.

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Tip: You don’t need lớn include that in the sentence. It is still a that-clause even if you don’t say or write that in this sentence structure

I suggest you memorize sentences instead of grammar rules!

Emily suggests we go out for dinner after the movie.

My mom suggested I get a summer job.

Her brother suggests she study harder so she can get inkhổng lồ a good university.

I suggest you go khổng lồ the doctor!

She suggests he go khổng lồ France instead of Italy this summer.

He suggested I ask someone else for help.

Tip: Make the that-clause negative by adding not in front of the verb.

The teacher suggests we not waste time playing video games after school.

Learn more: The subjunctive sầu mood + more verbs used in the subjunctive form

REMEMBER: You suggest that someone vày something.


2. “He suggested going for a walk together.”

suggest doing something

suggest + gerund

I suggest memorizing sentences instead of grammar rules!

Don’t use an infinitive after suggest! If you use a verb after suggest, use a gerund!

What is a gerund? A gerund is a noun that is formed by adding -ing khổng lồ a verb.

Example sentences

Her brother suggests studying harder so she can get inkhổng lồ a good university.

My doctor suggests eating less and exercising more.

Her family suggested waiting a few years before she gets married.

I suggest not waiting so long to go to lớn the doctor.

The meaning of this sentence is the same as suggest that someone do something.

3. Suggest an idea for a grammar lesson!

suggest something

suggest + noun

Can you suggest a good khách sạn in Paris?

I can suggest some interesting apps.

I really love this tiện ích and will suggest it to everyone.

No politician has suggested a way lớn improve sầu the economy.

He suggested several different things to vì chưng after dinner.


Comments

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yasser ali says

February 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm


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Harshit Agarwal says

March 5, 2017 at 11:56 am


Hi Melanie,Really useful guidelines above sầu. But I have a doubt..What would you be the correct sentence for“I suggest you lớn work hard to succeed. “


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Benedict Min says

April 1, 2017 at 7:25 pm


No politician has suggested a way khổng lồ improve sầu the economy.

He suggested several different things khổng lồ vày after dinner.

I think, according lớn your lesson of “Don’t use an infinitive after suggest. Don’t say “I suggest khổng lồ vị something.”, infinitive “to” should be deleted from “lớn improve” & “lớn do”


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Melanie says

April 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm


Hi, Benedict!

It is fine lớn use an infinitive sầu in these sentences because it is part of the noun phrase after the verb suggest.

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The sentence structure is “suggest something.” In the two example sentences, “something” is a noun phrase:“a way khổng lồ improve sầu the economy”“several different things to vì chưng after dinner.”

You cannot use an infinitive directly after suggest. You cannot say “I suggest khổng lồ memorize sentences” or “I suggest to lớn improve the economy.”

I hope that is clearer now!


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Chris says

May 2, 2017 at 4:57 am


Here’s another example of subjunctive sầu use in a that clause whose preceding main verb is ‘ask,’ as opposed lớn ‘suggest’: “Once prosecutors determined that Greene’s cooperation with them had finished they asked that the judge unseal some of the documents.” I’ve seen other such examples of the subjunctive’s being used following an independent clause whose main verb was other than ‘that.’


Hello Melanie,

Thank you very much.I want lớn ask you, please.Is there any verb lượt thích ” suggest ” I mean has the same rule?

Kind regards,Awatef


Hello Awatef!

First, I want to be clear that we are not talking about “rules”! I don’t like talking about “rules” because people don’t become fluent in a language by learning “rules.”

Here, this lesson explains the different ways to lớn use the verb suggest in a sentence. These are sentence structures.

I don’t know all the verbs that follow these structures, but I will bởi vì some retìm kiếm và report bachồng to lớn you in one week!

EDIT: You can read more about the subjunctive mood & learn other verbs that follow the same sentence structure here:http://www.millionarthur.mobi/advanced-english-grammar-the-subjunctive-mood/


I agree with the above people that your tips và examples of the use of the verb suggest are very useful & iI vày thank you but i feel that there are some more uses of this verb that you haven’t included as for example the use of the simple present or the simple past instead of the subjunctive sầu which makes the verb suggest less formal .


Dear Melanie,

Thanks for the explanations. They are simple & very useful.But I learned that we could use the past simple in the that-clause according khổng lồ Raymond Murphy. He gives the following example: “Jlặng suggested that I bought a car”. Could you phản hồi on it?