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    SUGGEST THAT?

    could anybody explain why the word suggest can be followed by that as in

    scientists suggest that eating apples is good for your health

    while the word is a transitive verb?
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    Re: SUGGEST THAT?

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    "Suggest" is a transitive verb because it requires an object. You cannot just suggest. You have to suggest something. Suggest can be, but doesn't have to be, followed by "that". For example: I suggest you call him first. You can also write: I suggest that you call him first. In both cases you suggest something.

    I hope this answers your question.

    (In addition I would also like to point out that there is no reason to capitalise every letter of the thread title.)
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 27-Jun-2012 at 12:06.

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    Re: SUGGEST THAT?

    While there is no reason to capitalise the thread title, there is every reason to start each sentence with a capital letter and to end each sentence with the appropriate punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: SUGGEST THAT?

    Thank you.

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    Re: SUGGEST THAT?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    "Suggest" is a transitive verb because it requires an object. You cannot just suggest. You have to suggest something. Suggest can be, but doesn't have to be, followed by "that". For example: I suggest you call him first. You can also write: I suggest that you call him first. In both cases you suggest something.

    I hope this answers your question.

    (In addition I would also like to point out that there is no reason to capitalise every letter of the thread title.)
    I would just have said
    You have to suggest something. In this case the something is "that eating apples is good for your health".
    This would have avoided the thatless construction, which strikes me as dubious when the thing suggested is a belief (eating apples is good for you) rather than advised future behaviour, as in your 'call him' example. The two sorts of suggestion are different.

    b

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