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    Question "Visits" or "visit"?

    I was composing a letter to an editor today, and reflexively typed "I can only suggest he visits an ophthalmologist". Should this instead be "visit", or is it simply a matter of personal style? Visits suggests to me the actual, immediate act (of visiting), whereas visit suggests only an advisory to do so in the future.

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    Re: "Visits" or "visit"?

    Both forms are OK.
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    Re: "Visits" or "visit"?

    In my opinion, the verb "suggest" calls for the mandative subjunctive. That would use "visit". That is not very common in BrE.

    It would be the same with demand, require, and several other verbs.

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    Re: "Visits" or "visit"?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I personally would prefer another verb.

    Maybe:

    "I can only suggest that he see/sees an ophthalmologist immediately."

    (I prefer the subjunctive "see.")

    (I realize, of course, that "to see" an ophthalmologist might be considered by some people to be humorous.)

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