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    recommend (someone) to (verb)

    recommend (someone) to (verb)

    I learned that the above form is used only in BrE and not in AmE.
    ("I recommend you to go" in BrE, and "I recommend you go" in AmE.)
    Following this rule, I'm trying to convert the following sentence to AmE (and having trouble doing so.)

    Which do you recommend the students to buy, A or B?

    What would it be like in AmE?

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    Re: recommend (someone) to (verb)

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    recommend (someone) to (verb)

    I learned that the above form is used only in BrE and not in AmE.
    ("I recommend you to go" in BrE, and "I recommend you go" in AmE.) I would say "I recommend that you go."
    Following this rule, I'm trying to convert the following sentence to AmE (and having trouble doing so.)

    Which do you recommend the students to buy, A or B?
    Which do you recommend the students buy, A or B?
    Which do you recommend that the students buy, A or B?

    More common, at least where I live, "Which do you suggest that the students buy, A or B."


    What would it be like in AmE?
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    Re: recommend (someone) to (verb)

    I would say "I recommend that you go", too. (BrE speaker)

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    Re: recommend (someone) to (verb)

    Thank you, both of you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Which do you recommend the students buy, A or B?
    Which do you recommend that the students buy, A or B?
    I see.
    If it's "he", not "the students", would it be like the following (if I use "recommend")?

    Which do you recommend that he should buy, A or B? (BrE)
    Which do you recommend that he buy, A or B? (AmE)

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    Re: recommend (someone) to (verb)

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    If it's "he", not "the students", would it be like the following (if I use "recommend")?

    Which do you recommend that he should buy, A or B? (BrE)
    Which do you recommend that he buy, A or B? (AmE)
    I don't use "should" with "recommend" (BrE). I find it tautologous. For me "recommend" means "think/suggest that you should". I would say "Which do you recommend [that] he buy, A or B?"
    Last edited by 5jj; 08-Mar-2014 at 01:03. Reason: QUOTE shortened
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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