Many learners of English make the following mistakes:
*I recommend you to visit the museum*
*I recommend you to try the chicken soup*
In natural English, we do not use the structure *recommend somebody to do something*.
Instead, we say:
recommend (that) somebody do (= the subjuctive) something
Study the examples below:
We can use the same structure with the verb suggest:
However, with the verb advise, we use the structure:
advise somebody to do something
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very useful, thank you.
How about these cases:
1/ the 3rd person
I recommend he…
2/ in the past:
I recommended you….
P. D. J. Jaideep says
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary gives this sentence structure: recommend somebody to do something. For example, We’d recommend you to book your flight early.
ed the tourer says
I recommend them to buy a new car
I recommend they buy a new car?
You can use both in speaking, but if in you’re in an exam or some other formal situation, use the second as it sounds more natural and correct.
What about the negative form ? Should we say
I recommend you not to make the same mistake
I recommend you not make the same mistake?
Yes, good question. I’d say “I recommend you not …” is technically more correct. But in normal speech, you can use both without sounding too unnatural.