How to use Suggest, Recommend, Insist or any other verb which attracts subjunctive mood in a sentence for SSC, BANK and other Exams
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⏩How to use ‘suggest’, ‘recommend’, ‘insist’ , ‘commend’ or any other verb which attracts subjunctive mood in a sentence?
I suggested him to pay for the dress.
I suggested to him to pay for the dress.
I suggested that he pay for the dress.
I suggested that he paid for the dress.
Which one is correct ?
Well, after reading this post, you yourself will be able to answer it.
‘Suggest’ is an unusual verb which is different from other verbs.It attracts subjunctive mood. (I have defined below what actually subjunctive form is ).
Following verbs attract subjunctive mood: Recommend, Suggest, Insist, Order, Commend, Request and demand etc
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◼️Main Rule – keep in mind that
(suggest + indirect object + infinitive) is not used.
‘Suggest’ takes a direct object.
Now what is direct object?
Let’s try to understand this with the help of an example.
He gave me a book.
Here ‘book’ is a direct object while ‘me’ is an indirect object.
Having understood that we can’t use
He suggested me a book. ❌
Correct form is –
He suggested a book to me.✔️
⚫Note – Suggest can be used with indirect object by adding a preposition (to) before the indirect object. But it’s not very common.
He suggested me that we go for a walk.❌
He suggested to me that we go for a walk. ✔️
He suggested that we go for a walk.✔️ (This is the most common usage)
(suggest + that clause)
In “that clause ” verb is in subjunctive form so it doesn’t changes its form.
Example – Her brother suggests that she studies harder so she can get into a good university. ❌
Her brother suggests that she study harder so she can get into a good university.✔️
Here ‘study’ is in subjunctive form so it won’t change. The verb stays in the base form (bare infinitive) form.
I suggested that he pay for the dress. ✔️
I suggested that he paid for the dress. ❌
I suggested that he pays for the dress. ❌
The teacher recommended that every student takes a note.❌
The teacher recommended that every student take a note. ✔️
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Suggest + gerund
I suggest memorizing sentences instead of grammar rules. ✔️
I suggest to memorize sentences instead of grammar rules. ❌
◾Note – ‘Suggest’ is not followed by infinitive.
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◼️Suggest + Noun
Can you suggest a good hotel in Delhi.✔️
I can suggest some good books. ✔️
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Hope this post serves you. In case any doubt develops, mention in the comment section. Good luck! Have a great time ahead.