I know that possible patterns for recommend are:

The teacher recommended (that) we should read that book.
The teacher recommended that we read that book.
The teacher recommended reading that book.

but not:

*The teacher recommended to read that book.

What about the passive form? Is to be recommended + infinitive possible? Today I came across the following sentence in an academic paper written by a British scholar:

"The reader is recommended to read White (2000) in order to understand the evolution of the public perception methodology",

which sounded odd to me. Honestly, I don’t know what I would’ve written, though Emotion: smile … Maybe:
  • (a) It is recommended that the reader read (ugh!)
  • (b) The reader is recommended that he should read
However, I did a bit of search on the net in British websites only and I found a great deal of occurrences for “is recommended to”. Even leaving aside those where “is recommended to” is actually followed by a noun, there’s still an impressive number of hits for “is recommended to” + verb; moreover, many of them are in governmental websites. For instance,

The Committee is recommended to note membership of Functional Bodies and London Borough Councils and …
The Board is recommended to agree the revised timetable ...
The Lead Member is recommended to agree an interim charging policy based on …

I'd like to ask some questions:
  1. Is really this pattern ok in the passive?
  2. If yes, is it common/formal/legalese?
  3. How would native speakers use “recommend” in the passive?
  4. Would sentences (a) and (b) be possible?
Thank you in advance!
Emotion: smile
Dear Tanit,

You couldn't see one of my posts here because I deleted it. What I wrote was already written by CJ.
Although you mark it "ugh", I would use a. Emotion: smile
Never b.

(Just my personal opinion.)

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CalifJim (Just my personal opinion.)
Thanks, that's a highly appreciated opinion. Emotion: smile
I wrote "ugh" because of that "reader read" part which makes it sound like a tongue twister (or tongue-twister?).

May I ask again what verb patterns can follow "is recommended" (as a general rule), and how do native speakers feel about the original sentence?
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DollYou couldn't see one of my posts here because I deleted it.

I see. Thanks, Doll.
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