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    #1

    James's counselor recommended that he should take/ take a foreign .....

    "James's counselor recommended that he should take a foreign language in his freshman year

    instead of waiting until the following year."


    One of my grammar books says we can't omit 'should' in the above sentence, because of the verb 'recommend'.

    But I've learned that 'should' is normally omitted in the 'that-clause' used as a object of verbs like 'suggest, recommend, command, demand, insist, request etc...'


    Which is correct?

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    #2

    Re: James's counselor recommended that he should take/ take a foreign .....

    I would omit "should."

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    #3

    Re: James's counselor recommended that he should take/ take a foreign .....

    It's OK with or without "should" IMO.

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    #4

    Re: James's counselor recommended that he should take/ take a foreign .....

    We tend to use 'should' in BrE, but it's fine without.

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