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    #1

    He suggested to me looking for another job.

    Could you help me with the sentence. Could I write it in the three following ways? Many thanks.

    "If I were you, I'd look for another job."
    1) He suggested that I should look for another job.
    2) He suggested to me looking for another job.
    3) He suggested looking for another job.

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    #2

    Re: He suggested to me looking for another job.

    They're all grammatical. #1 is okay but a little wordy. #2 is somewhat awkward. #3 is the best.

    You could also say: "He suggested I look for another job."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: He suggested to me looking for another job.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    They're all grammatical. #1 is okay but a little wordy. #2 is somewhat awkward. #3 is the best.

    You could also say: "He suggested I look for another job."
    #3 is the best but I wonder if it makes sense for the listener to understand who is suggested? Is it important that the sentence be without "I"?

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    #4

    Re: He suggested to me looking for another job.

    Context normally makes the meaning of (3) clear. If you want to be sure, use (1) or Charlie's suggestion.

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    #5

    Re: He suggested to me looking for another job.

    Right.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: He suggested to me looking for another job.

    I'd probably use #1 but omit "should" or #3.
    I would never use the word order in #2.
    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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