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    Default I suggested that it was time to leave.

    I suggested that it was time to leave.
    This sentence is taken from Collins. My question is: does the verb 'suggested' here mean 'put forward (an idea)' or 'stated indirectly'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: I suggested that it was time to leave.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I suggested that it was time to leave.
    This sentence is taken from Collins. My question is: does the verb 'suggested' here mean 'put forward (an idea)' or 'stated indirectly'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    It's a usage that some people avoid. I hate going to the local cinema because they always show a notice that reads

    After the performance, we suggest that the doors at the front of the theatre give quicker access to the car park.
    The 'suggestion' in this case is a lie. What they mean is 'it'll make it easier for us to get more paying customers in more quickly'.

    In my calmer moments, I have to recognize that people are using 'suggest' in ways like this; it seems to mean 'say, but in as uncontentious a way as possible'. 'I said that it was time to leave' means 'I said "It's time to leave"'; 'I suggested that it was time to leave' seems to mean something like 'I said "Wouldn't you agree that it's time to leave? I don't want to be a party-pooper, but the baby-sitter will charge extra if we get back after midnight".'

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    Default Re: I suggested that it was time to leave.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's a usage that some people avoid. I hate going to the local cinema because they always show a notice that reads



    The 'suggestion' in this case is a lie. What they mean is 'it'll make it easier for us to get more paying customers in more quickly'.

    In my calmer moments, I have to recognize that people are using 'suggest' in ways like this; it seems to mean 'say, but in as uncontentious a way as possible'. 'I said that it was time to leave' means 'I said "It's time to leave"'; 'I suggested that it was time to leave' seems to mean something like 'I said "Wouldn't you agree that it's time to leave? I don't want to be a party-pooper, but the baby-sitter will charge extra if we get back after midnight".'

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    Hi, Bobk. Thank you for your trouble. But I still don't quite understand. Are you saying that in this CONLLINS sentence the 'suggested' means 'stated indirectly'? And it is not a good sentence?

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: I suggested that it was time to leave.

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Hi, Bobk. Thank you for your trouble. But I still don't quite understand. Are you saying that in this CONLLINS sentence the 'suggested' means 'stated indirectly'? And it is not a good sentence?

    Thank you again.
    The dictionary was recognizing a usage that not everyone would call 'good' - "stated indirectly'.

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