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    #1

    suggested that he ...

    Which are correct:

    1-I suggested that he leaves early.
    2-I suggested that he leave early.
    3-I suggested that he should leave early.

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    #2

    Re: suggested that he ...

    They are all acceptable in BrE.

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    #3

    Re: suggested that he ...

    I would say that 2 and 3 are correct in AmE, while 1 is not.

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    #4

    Re: suggested that he ...

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would say that 2 and 3 are correct in AmE, while 1 is not.
    That's why I mentioned BrE in my response.

    Even in BrE, some would insist that #1 'correctly' means only that I put forward the idea that 'he' does leave early, not that he should leave early.

    It wouldn't surprise me if another speaker of AmE came in to tell us that #3 is not natural.

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    #5

    Re: suggested that he ...

    The below note has been taken from an English course collected by a non-native who studied AmE.
    Advise decree move prefer request suggest ask demand order propose require urge command insist recommend stipulate.


    subject + verb (any tense) + that +b subject + [verb in simple form]


    The word that must always appear in subjunctive sentence. If it is omitted, most of the verbs followed by the infinitive.


    The doctor suggested that his patient stop smoking.

    We proposed that he take a vacation.
    Why did you say that the third one in OP is correct, please? Can you please set me a convincing reason for that?
    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would say that 2 and 3 are correct in AmE, while 1 is not.
    Why did you say that the third one in OP is correct, please? Can you please set me a convincing reason for that?


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    Re: suggested that he ...

    Riquecohen does not have to give a convincing reason for saying that something is possible, particularly when you appear to be placing more faith in someone who writes:

    "The word that must always appear in subjunctive sentence." That is not true.
    "If it is omitted, most of the verbs followed by the infinitive." That is not English.

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Can you please set me a convincing reason for that?
    Many people use it.

    Convincing enough?

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    #8

    Re: suggested that he ...

    I wouldn't use the "should" version myself, but wouldn't say it was wrong. However, I would never use the "leaves" version, because (as you know) we cling to the subjunctive in the US.
    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.

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