Suggest to or suggest that

Suggest cannot be followed by a to-infinitive or object + infinitive. Instead, we use that-clauses and –ing forms.

Father suggested consulting a doctor.

OR Father suggested that I should consult a doctor. (NOT Father suggested to consult a doctor.) (NOT Father suggested me to consult a doctor.)

Verb forms in that-clauses after suggest

In that-clauses after suggest, various verb forms are possible.

In British English, should + infinitive is common.

  • She suggested that I should find a good job.
  • She suggests that I should find a good job.

In American English, should + infinitive is rare. Instead Americans use a special verb form called subjunctive.

  • She suggested that I get a degree in physics.
  • She suggests that I get a degree in physics.
  • I suggested that he consult a doctor.
  • I suggest that he consult a doctor.

In British English, ordinary present and past tense forms are also possible.

  • She suggested that I found a job. OR She suggests that I find a job.
  • I suggested that he discussed his problems with her.
  • I suggest that he discusses his problems with her.

Suggest can be followed by a direct object.

  • What shall we eat? I suggest burgers.

Suggest cannot be followed by an indirect object without a preposition.

  • Can you suggest a good camera to me? (NOT Can you suggest me a good camera?)

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