Let's take a look at these examples:
She recommend me to buy some new clothes
The report recommends we invest in IT
The proplem here is, when we leave out "that" and replace the object (me, him, her) with a proper name ( John, Kathy, Belly etc.), we are in a daze and confuse whether to use "to infinitive" and "bare infinitive", so please help me out if I got a sentence like this:
John recommended Mary buy the Fray's new cd
John recommended Mary to buy the Fray's new cd
Last edited by belly_ttt; 26-Nov-2007 at 17:14.
If you add "to" the meaning changes. Consider the following two sentences.
Originally Posted by belly_ttt
1...We recommended (that) Mary buy a gift for the boss.
This sentence means that we think Mary should buy the boss a gift. (a gift to the boss from Mary)
2...We recommended Mary to buy a gift for the boss.
In this sentence several or many people together want to buy a gift for the boss. The gift will be from all of us, but we think Mary is the best person to choose (and buy) an appropriate gift. But all of us will pay for the gift, which is for the boss from all of us.
Do you understand your sentences now?
Better,2006. So you mean that the sentence goes with present subjunctive emphasize the act of somebody's while the sentence with "to infinitive" emphasize the person, right?
Take a look at these example:
She recommended I buy some new clothes mean: I should buy some, all of the clothes of mine seem old and dirty
She recommended me to buy some new clothes: She, I and perhaps some others( Mary, Vicky, Jenny etc.). And she suggest me forward because the others don't have the taste of clothes like I do.
Is my logic right?
Last edited by belly_ttt; 27-Nov-2007 at 06:27.
Yes, you seem to understand it.
In the first sentence, Mary should do something.
In the second sentence, something needs to be done and Mary is the one who should do it.
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