I`ve been taught for years that the verb recommend is one of those verbs of advice that cannot be followed by the more usual pattern of object + infinitive but has to be followed by a that-clause with should + infinitive or with past, present or subjunctive form verbs. Recently, however, I found an entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary which states that the object + infinitive pattern is indeed possible with the recommend verb. Am I missing something here?
Below I enclose the link to the entry:
From your link:
We'd recommend you to book your flight early.
Maybe that's a British English thing. It's sounds very odd to this American.
In the US, we'd say "We'd recommend [that] you book your flight early."
Answered by Malvolio on August 28, 2020
I recommend to infinitive
directly dives into what you are recommending without delay by mentioning the infinitive
I recommend that
introduces a clause that qualifies what you are recommending
I recommend to go, now!
I recommend that we leave at the earliest possible time which is convenient, like right now!
Answered by Peter on August 28, 2020
Michael Swan — Practical English Usage, lists some of the verbs which can be used with the object + infinitive structure.
These are: advise, allow, ask, bear, beg, cause, command, compel, encourage, expect, forbid, force, get, hate, help, instruct, instruct, intend, invite, leave, like, love, mean, need, oblige, order, permit, persuade, prefer, recommend, remind, request, teach, tell, tempt, trouble, want, warn, wish.
Some verbs cannot be followed by this structure, they need a that clause. For instance, suggest:
I suggested that she should go home.
However, many other verbs listed above can also be followed by that clauses, for example, but it seems you'll have to use a dictionary for more reference.
Answered by Alejandro on August 28, 2020
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