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    use of the verb "to suggest"

    Dear teachers,

    I'm not sure about how the verb "to suggest" has been used in the following excerpt:

    "Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great,
    has spoken about the importance of the “numinous”—which usually
    refers to the experience of contact with the divine—and has
    argued that one can experience it without religious or supernatural
    belief. He suggests that humans rely on the numinous and the transcendent,
    and says that he personally wouldn’t trust anyone who
    lacked such feelings".

    Does it mean: "he invites humans to rely on" or "he claims that humans rely on"? In other words, is "rely" used as a subjunctive in this case?

    Thank you in advance,


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    Re: use of the verb "to suggest"

    No, as I read this, he is not recommending that people do this (which would take the subjunctive). He is putting forth the idea for consideration that people do this.
    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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