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    I did some search work for the use of 'suggest' yesterday.
    One website gave the following examples:

    John suggested I stole his son's wallet and went shopping. vs. John suggested I steal his son's wallet and go shopping.

    The teacher said the first sentence meant that I was a thief according to John's insinuative words; the second line meant John actually would like me to steal his son's wallet for whatsoever reason.

    My question is: is it better to use past perfect tense for the first?

    like: John suggested I had stolen his son's wallet and gone shopping.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Suggested .....

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I did some search work for the use of 'suggest' yesterday.
    One website gave the following examples:

    John suggested I stole his son's wallet and went shopping. vs. John suggested I steal his son's wallet and go shopping.

    The teacher said the first sentence meant that I was a thief according to John's insinuative words; the second line meant John actually would like me to steal his son's wallet for whatsoever reason.

    My question is: is it better to use past perfect tense for the first? Why do you think it might be better to use past perfect?

    like: John suggested I had stolen his son's wallet and gone shopping.

    Thank you.
    2006

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