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Please explain me the following. Murphy's grammar explains that "recommend" can be used with verb+object+to. His example is "I wouldn't recommend anybody to stay in the hotel". Another grammar book says that "some verbs, like consider and recommend, are followed by to-infinitive only when used in the passive or with an OBJECT PRONOUN.". My question is whether I can use a noun in such a structure. Many thanks
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The very authoritative A Comprehensive Grammar of the English
Language appears to sanction the use of a noun.
It gives this example:
I told/advised/persuaded Mark to see a doctor.
It then lists other verbs that fit this pattern, including recommend.
On the other hand, Modern American Usage (a respected book but
one that many people feel is too old-fashioned) plainly states:
"recommend never takes a direct object followed by an infinitive."
It says that "He recommended his students to read Gibbon [a famous
historian]" is wrong. It should be "He recommended to his students that
they should read all of Gibbon."
The book says that you "recommend somebody" only for a job.
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.