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    usage of suggest

    hi,
    i'm confused about the usage of suggest.

    Do the following 4 sentences mean the same thing?
    1) I suggested to John that he should take his wife to a fancy restaurant.
    2) I suggested John should take his wife to a fancy restaurant.
    3) I suggested John's taking his wife to a fancy restaurant.
    4) I suggested to John taking his wife to a fancy restaurant.

    actually #3,4 sound awkward, but i can't explain why. Could you help?
    Thanks in advance~~

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    Re: usage of suggest

    hi, MichelleLin

    I'd say:
    1) I suggested John to take his wife to fancy restaurant.
    2) I suggested (that) John (should) take his wife to a fancy restaurant.
    3) I suggested John taking his wife to a fancy restaurant.
    4) I suggested John's taking his wife to a fancy restaurant.

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