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    recommend that parents do not

    Teachers recommend parents their children under 12
    to ride bicycles to school for safety.
    A. not allow B. do not allow C. mustn't allow D. couldn't allow

    The given answer is A. But I'd like to know if native speakers also often say 'recommend parents do not allow'... and think it is acceptable or even correct.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: recommend that parents do not

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Teachers recommend parents their children under 12
    to ride bicycles to school for safety.
    A. not allow B. do not allow C. mustn't allow D. couldn't allow

    The given answer is A. But I'd like to know if native speakers also often say 'recommend parents do not allow'... and think it is acceptable or even correct.

    Thank you in advance.
    It's a very badly constructed sentence, and therefore a bad test question.
    A better sentence would be: Teachers recommend that, for reasons of safety, parents should not allow their children under 12 to cycle to school.

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    Re: recommend that parents do not

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a very badly constructed sentence, and therefore a bad test question.
    A better sentence would be: Teachers recommend that, for reasons of safety, parents should not allow their children under 12 to cycle to school.
    Thanks, bhaisahab. And is the sentence 'Teachers recommend parents don't / do not allow...' acceptable in informal English?

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    Re: recommend that parents do not

    'Teachers recommend parents don't / do not allow..' is wrong.

    I would prefer, 'Teachers recommend parents not to allow..'

    You normally say 'recommend somebody to do/not to do something' OR
    'recommend that somebody do/ not do something.

    I don't think 'recommend that somebody should/should not do something' sounds natural either.

    not a teacher

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    Re: recommend that parents do not

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    'Teachers recommend parents don't / do not allow..' is wrong.

    I would prefer, 'Teachers recommend parents not to allow..'

    You normally say 'recommend somebody to do/not to do something' OR
    'recommend that somebody do/ not do something.

    I don't think 'recommend that somebody should/should not do something' sounds natural either.

    not a teacher
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ny-nuance.html

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    Re: recommend that parents do not

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    For safety reasons, teachers recommend that parents not allow their children under 12 to ride bicycles to school.

    A. not allow B. do not allow C. mustn't allow D. couldn't allow

    The given answer is A. A is the best answer.

    But I'd like to know if native speakers also often say 'recommend parents do not allow'... and think it is acceptable or even correct. I wouldn't say that; the "do" serves no useful purpose, and in some sentences it can change the meaning.
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