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    The verb "suggest"

    Hello there!
    I'd like to ask whether the sentence "I suggested that we organized a campaign." (indirect speech) is correct ...

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    No it isn't. You want, "I suggested that we organize a campaign."

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Is "organize" the present subjunctive here?

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is "organize" the present subjunctive here?
    Indeed it is.
    http://www.englishpage.com/minitutor...bjunctive.html

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    If the OP does not mean to add emphasis, can "organized" be used grammatically?

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Only in the sense of being unaware of something that has already been organized. Say you walk into a room and there is a party going on. It would be fair to suggest at that moment that someone had organized a party.

    But when talking about suggesting that someone do something in the future, you need to use the subjunctive.

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    That's what I thought, but I saw it once in a grammar book for BrE .... So is there any chance that it might actually be correct?

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Quote Originally Posted by aggigar View Post
    That's what I thought, but I saw it once in a grammar book for BrE .... So is there any chance that it might actually be correct?
    I'm no expert on British use of the subjunctive. Perhaps a BrE speaker can comment.

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Quote Originally Posted by aggigar View Post
    That's what I thought, but I saw it once in a grammar book for BrE .... So is there any chance that it might actually be correct?
    Yes, it's correct in a weird context. You all wake up with amnesia from drinking too heavily last night. You all try to remember what you did. Someone suggested that you planned a coup, you suggested that you organised a campaign. That's the correct, if very uncommon, usage of the past tense here. If you can't handle the subjunctive, you can say, "I suggested that we should organise a campaign".
    Also, grammar books are often full of examples of what not to do. The sentences are generally preceded by a *. So you may have seen it as an example of an incorrect sentence.

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    Re: The verb "suggest"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Someone suggested that you planned a coup, you suggested that you organised a campaign.
    Do you mean it will be correct only if "you" do not remember such suggestions were made"?

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