You can use the verbs suggest/recommend with a noun phrase, a that-clause, the -ing form of a verb, or a wh-question word (e.g. where, what).
In this lesson, we will focus on learning how to use the that-clause. However, to prepare you for future English grammar lessons on this topic, examples of other ways to use suggest/recommend will also be provided.
suggest (v.): put forward for consideration. Examples 1. I suggest reading Harry Potter. 2. She suggested that people read Harry Potter 3. The teacher suggested that I study more. 4. What movie did he suggest? 5. He suggested that I watch Harry Potter 6. He suggested Harry Potter. 7. He suggested seeing Harry Potter.
- recommend (v.): put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role (often based on experience or fact) Examples 1. Dave recommended leaving before lunch in order to beat the traffic. 2. The waiter recommended the pizza. 3. The waiter recommended that we order the pizza, 4. Did he recommend anything in particular? 5. He recommended that we walk to the city; it’s only 15 minutes away. 6. My mom is recommending that I go to Harvard. 7. My mom recommends that I visit France. 8. My mom recommends visiting France. 9. The professor recommended that we read the textbook before starting our assignment.
- Note: In informal situations, you can leave out that. Examples 1. Which museum do you suggest/recommend (that) we go to? 2. I suggest/recommend (that) you leave the café at around 2 o’clock. The traffic gets very bad from then onwards.