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    Are these senetences acceptable?

    Dear teachers,

    Are these senetences acceptable?
    1. Can you suggest a good English teacher?
    2. In order to prevent my schoolwork from being influenced by the terrible habit, I decided to change.

    Here are my questions:
    1. Shouldn't "suggest" always be followed by something as its object?
    2. How to make the second sentence less wordy?

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    Re: Are these senetences acceptable?

    They are okay.

    "A good teacher" does follow "suggest" as an object.

    I've seen a lot of English learners use this structure: Can you recommend/suggest me a good teacher. That's incorrect because it sounds like "me" is what is being suggested, instead of making the suggestion to me.

    What is the bad habit? It's hard to write a shorter version without knowing what you're writing about. However, you can almost always shorted "In order to" to simply "to."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Are these senetences acceptable?

    Number 1. is OK and 2. is OK but I would change "influenced", which suggests a personal meaning, to "effected" which is impersonal.

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