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    Default suggest him/his buying a car

    Hello,

    A colleague asked me yesterday about the difference between the following sentences:

    We suggested him buying a car
    We suggested his buying a car.

    She's interested to know if 'suggest' works in the same way as, for example, 'imagine', since both verbs can be followed by an -ing form:

    I imagined him doing that
    I imagined his doing that

    Personally, I would use neither a posessive nor an object pronoun after 'suggest' and opt for a "we suggested that he..." structure, but I cannot explain why, and of course I might be wrong.

    I'd be very grateful if someone could comment on that.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: suggest him/his buying a car

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    A colleague asked me yesterday about the difference between the following sentences:

    We suggested him buying a car
    We suggested his buying a car.

    She's interested to know if 'suggest' works in the same way as, for example, 'imagine', since both verbs can be followed by an -ing form:

    I imagined him doing that
    I imagined his doing that

    Personally, I would use neither a posessive nor an object pronoun after 'suggest' and opt for a "we suggested that he..." structure, but I cannot explain why, and of course I might be wrong.

    I'd be very grateful if someone could comment on that.
    Thank you.
    I would say, "We suggested (that) he buy a car".

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    Default Re: suggest him/his buying a car

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say, "We suggested (that) he buy a car".

    Thank you.
    So would I. But.... is it because native speakers just don't use possessive and object pronouns with this verb?

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