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    Suggest me/to me/my/that I

    Hello,

    I hope native speakers or experienced teachers of English could help me with this tricky word 'suggest'.

    I know that it can't be used with infinitive, but only with gerund (-ing form) or that...

    But when we make suggestions to a person, is it right to say this way:

    'My best friend suggested me going to the cinema'
    or should we say
    'My best friend suggested to me going to the cinema'
    'My best friend suggested my going to the cinema' or
    'My best friend sugggested that I go to the cinema'

    And also are the following sentenses correct:
    My best friend suggested me going to the football match.
    I suggested my sister learning English.

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    #2

    Re: Suggest me/to me/my/that I

    Quote Originally Posted by JulSok View Post
    Hello,

    I hope native speakers or experienced teachers of English could help me with this tricky word 'suggest'.

    I know that it can't be used with infinitive, but only with gerund (-ing form) or that...

    But when we make suggestions to a person, is it right to say this way:

    'My best friend suggested me going to the cinema' No
    or should we say
    'My best friend suggested to me going to the cinema' No
    'My best friend suggested my going to the cinema' or Yes
    'My best friend sugggested that I go to the cinema' Yes

    And also are the following sentenses correct:
    My best friend suggested me going to the football match. No, why would this be any different from your first sentence?
    I suggested my sister learning English. No
    There are other words that behave like 'suggest'. 'Recommend' is one.
    You can also say:
    My best friend suggested/recommended going to the cinema to me. (This sounds OK, whereas your first sentence above, with the same elements, does not.)
    I suggested/recommended English lessons to/for my sister.

    It's hard to give strict rules for words like these; advise, suggest, order, command, demand, tell ... where you are offering some sort of communication to another person. There are so many different ways the verbs behave.

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    #3

    Re: Suggest me/to me/my/that I

    Quote Originally Posted by JulSok View Post
    Hello,

    I hope native speakers or experienced teachers of English could help me with this tricky word 'suggest'.

    I know that it can't be used with infinitive, but only with gerund (-ing form) or that...

    But when we make suggestions to a person, is it right to say this way:

    'My best friend suggested me going to the cinema'
    or should we say
    'My best friend suggested to me going to the cinema'
    'My best friend suggested my going to the cinema' or
    'My best friend suggested that I go to the cinema' This one is correct, the others are not.

    And also are the following sentences correct:
    My best friend suggested me going to the football match.
    I suggested my sister learning English. No, they should use the same construction as above. "...that I go..." and "...that my sister learn..."
    .

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