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    Default suggest that S + should V

    1) He suggested that we should have a party.

    2) He suggested we have a party.

    3) He suggested that we should not have a party.

    4) He suggested we not have a party.


    I know 1) 2) 3) are definitely correct, but... what about 4)? Can we omit ' that' and 'should' in that negative sentence?

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    4) He suggested we not have a party.


    I know 1) 2) 3) are definitely correct, but... what about 4)? Can we omit ' that' and 'should' in that negative sentence?
    It is technically correct as you have written it, but formal; because it is formal, most of the small number of speakers who might say this would use 'that'.

    Most speakers of BrE would use 'should'; I would also use 'that'.

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    A minor addendum to 5jj's answer: although formal-sounding in BrE, it is actually quite normal in (even spoken) AmE.

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    A minor addendum to 5jj's answer: although formal-sounding in BrE, it is actually quite normal in (even spoken) AmE.
    Thanks. I should have thought of that.

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    Possibly your subjunctive allergy playing up?

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Possibly your subjunctive allergy playing up?
    I suggest that Philo be careful, lest he cause my allergy to flare up again.

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    Default Re: suggest that S + should V

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I suggest that Philo be careful, lest he cause my allergy to flare up again.
    Duly noted!

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