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    I am suggesting/suggest

    Hi,

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/suggest?q=suggest

    suggest (that)… I suggest (that) we go out to eat.

    I'd like to ask if we can use the progressive tense instead of the simple present without changing the meaning of the above sentence.

    I am suggesting (that) we go out to eat.

    I gather it is the same but cannot make sure of it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: I am suggesting/suggest

    The natural way to make a suggestion is to use I suggest ...

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    Re: I am suggesting/suggest

    You might hear the present continuous in certain dialogues.

    John: You look like you might have put on a few pounds over Christmas!
    Jane: Are you suggesting I look fat?
    John: No, not at all. In fact, you look great!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I am suggesting/suggest

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/suggest?q=suggest

    suggest (that)… I suggest (that) we go out to eat.

    I'd like to ask if we can use the progressive tense instead of the simple present without changing the meaning of the above sentence.

    I am suggesting (that) we go out to eat.

    I gather it is the same but cannot make sure of it.

    Thanks.
    You could say I am suggesting if you're clarifying a misunderstanding:

    Liza: Do you mean you think we should move in together?
    Allen:​ No, I'm just suggesting we go out to eat!
    I am not a teacher.

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