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Can you please help me with these sentences? I know that the verb "recommend" can have 2 structures: "verb+object+to+infinitive" and
"verb+-ing(no object)". I have 4 sentences, please let me know if any of them are wrong and if they are, could you please explain why. Thank you.
1. I recommend you to call him.
2. I recommend you calling him. (must be wrong as "him" is the object of the verb here")
3. I recommend that you call him.
4. I recommend you call him.
And also, could you please make a sentence with "recommend"+"-ing" no object.
I also have here 2 more sentences:
1. I recommend you to call him as soon as possible.
(Am I right to understand that "you" is the object of the verb "recommend" and "him" is the object of the verb "call". And could it be that we have Direct/Indirect objects here, "you" being the Direct Object and "him" Indirect Object.
2. I recommend calling him as soon as possible.
I think both these structures are possible. Sentence N1 is (verb+object+to infinitive), "you" being the object of the verb "recommend", but what I cannot understand is what is the role of "him" in the second sentence (a personal pronoun?) At first I thought it was the object of the verb "recommend" but then the sentence would be wrong as we do not use recommend+object +gerund. May be it is the object of the verb "call" which is in the gerund form here. I am confused. Could someone please clarify whether sentence N2 has an object or not. I hope I made myself clear regarding my issues understanding it. Thanks.
Last edited by vasea1977; 10-Aug-2013 at 14:21.