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    Question suggest

    I'm a bit confused over what I've found in one book. Could you shed some light on the variety of forms below?

    1. I suggested (that) he should see his dentist.
    2. I suggested (that) he see his dentist. (subjunctive)
    3. I suggested that he saw his dentist.

    The first two are said to refer to the future while the third one to the past but I don't fully grasp the distinction. Any other context?

    4. 'Why don't you wait for us?'
    4a. He suggested that we (should) wait for them.
    4b. He suggested that we waited. (as if without should the form was sometimes 'regularised')

    5. 'Why would anybody suggest (to) anyone going to the dentist?' With or without to?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: suggest

    Hi mate,

    In a "that clause" following the verb "suggest" you could either use a present or past form:
    • He suggests that we should study hard.
    • He suggested thst we studied (OR, should study) hard.
    Note that it's possible to either bring or not a "should" in your "that clause", as "should" is preferred in BrE
    • I suggest that they should be frank.
    • I suggest that they be frank.
    But note that, with "suggest" you shouldn't use an "indirect object":
    • They suggested a new theatre to us. (correct)
    • They suggested us a new theatre. (incorrect)
    Hope this works...

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    Cool Re: suggest

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi mate,

    In a "that clause" following the verb "suggest" you could either use a present or past form:
    • He suggests that we should study hard.
    • He suggested thst we studied (OR, should study) hard.
    Note that it's possible to either bring or not a "should" in your "that clause", as "should" is preferred in BrE
    • I suggest that they should be frank.
    • I suggest that they be frank.
    But note that, with "suggest" you shouldn't use an "indirect object":
    • They suggested a new theatre to us. (correct)
    • They suggested us a new theatre. (incorrect)
    Hope this works...
    There are actually four ways of suggesting (= mentioning an idea for others to consider; recommendation):
    I suggested (that) we travel by train. (subjunctive/indicative)
    I suggested (that) we should travel by train. (should)
    I suggested travelling by train. (gerund)

    If you use the Past Simple, you are merely implying something (= saying that something is likely to exist or be true):
    I suggested that they (had) travelled by train.

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    Smile Re: suggest

    It surely helps with sentence no. 5, thanks Mehrgan.

    Engee30, so it actually depends on what meaning you're trying to convey, is that right? (I mean the use of past simple here)

    Regards
    Last edited by nyota; 10-Jun-2009 at 23:20.

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    Re: suggest

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    It surely helps with sentence no. 5, thanks Mehrgan.

    Engee30, so it actually depends on what meaning you're trying to convey, is that right?

    Regards
    Yes, it is.

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    Smile Re: suggest

    Thanks

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