suggest+gerund or infinitive?

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I suggest you not to ask who is going to the party
or
I suggest you not asking who is going to the party

which the following is correct?
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Hello. Yih—and welcome to English Forums.

Unfortunately, neither of your sentences is correct. This is what we use:

I suggest that you don't ask who is going to the party.
I suggest that you not ask who is going to the party.

The second one is quite formal nowadays and is not used so frequently.
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Mister Micawber This is what we use:
I suggest that you don't ask who is going to the party.

I suggest that you not ask who is going to the party.

I would only use the second one. In certain contexts and with approriate wording, the first-sentence grammar can give rise to a completely different meaning. (The grammar in the second sentence always has the same one meaning.)

Take a situation in which you have a hearing or inquiry and a lawyer is questioning awitness.
lawyer: You said that you always ask the financial officer before you spend that amount of money. But you haven't shown convincing proof of that, and I suggest (= think/believe) that you don't always ask before you spend large amounts of money.
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But what my teacher taught me was "suggest+gerund" and the second sentence does not sound right to me
Yih Woei KhooBut what my teacher taught me was "suggest+gerund" and the second sentence does not sound right to me
1) Neither of the two sentences has "suggest" followed by a gerund.
2) "suggest" need not always be followed by a gerund.
3) The second sentence sounds very good to me.
Suggest is followed by that clause: I suggest (that) you phone...
It has been suggested that the manager will resign...
Suggest doing sth. He suggested asking her father ...
Suggest how/where/what The therapist suggested how he could cope with this...
Suggest somebody for something

I suggested that he should take legal advice
I suggested (that) he take legal advice
I suggested (that) he took legal advice.
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I suggested that he should take legal advice. "should" is redundant there.
I suggested (that) he take legal advice. Emotion: yes
Because my native language is chinese ,that is why some sentences don't sound right to me Emotion: sweating
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