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Hi,

Could you please tell me if the following sentences below are grammatically correct and why?

1. Lastly, the meeting recommends for the Finance Division and Admin Division to review the Procurement Plan.

2. Lastly, the meeting recommended the review of the Procurement Plan by the Finance Division and Admin Division.

3. Lastly, the meeting recommended that the Finance Division and Admin Division review the Procurement Plan.


Thank you in advance for your answer.

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red olive 9013. Lastly, the meeting recommended that the Finance Division and Admin Division review the Procurement Plan.

That one is the one I would use.

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The pattern is that you recommend something.

1. Lastly, the meeting recommends for the Finance Division and Admin Division to review the Procurement Plan.

Incorrect. The pattern is not recommend for something.

2. Lastly, the meeting recommended the review of the Procurement Plan by the Finance Division and Admin Division. Fine. 'review' is a noun.

3. Lastly, the meeting recommended that the Finance Division and Admin Division review the Procurement Plan.

Fine. 'that the Finance Division and Admin Division review the Procurement Plan' is a clause that functions like a noun.


Clive

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red olive 901 Pattern for using recommend

The patterns are the same for recommend, suggest, demand, and insist.

After these verbs you almost always need a that-clause with the mandative (subjunctive) construction*. (The mandative is basically the infinitive form, so it means using 'be' instead of 'is' or 'are', for example.)

We [recommend / suggest / demand / insist] that a review be done.
They [recommend / suggest / demand / insist] that his orders be obeyed.
I [recommend / suggest / demand / insist] that he prove his claim.


Alternately, you can use a noun, but for "insist" you add "on", thus:

We [recommend / suggest / demand / insist on] a recount of the votes.


Some grammar books mention a pattern with an object and an infinitive, at least with the verb 'recommend', but I usually tell people to avoid this construction.

We recommend you to apply for the position at the bursar's office.Emotion: shake

CJ

*With slightly different meanings, suggest and insist are used with the indicative.

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Thanks, Clive for explaining.

Thank you so much! CalifJim

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Hi AlphaccaStars,

Thank you for the fast reply

"We recommend you to apply for the position at the bursar's office."

CJ Sir, based on the above sentence I would like to ask you a question. Recently I have seen in a grammar book the following sentences. The book says the first one is correct and the second one is wrong. I personally feel that the second one is also OK. I would like to get your valuable reply on this.

1) He recommended taking a different route.

2) He recommended to take a different route.

Thank you.

cat navy 425based on the above sentence I would like to ask you a question. Recently I have seen in a grammar book the following sentences. The book says the first one is correct and the second one is wrong. ...

1) He recommended taking a different route.[OK]

2) He recommended to take a different route. [No ]

Right. In my opinion the grammar book is correct.

It's also the opinion in the Wiktionary. Here is their list of catenative constructions.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:English_catenative_verbs

The verb recommend is found in the group of verbs which take the -ing form, but it is not found in the group of verbs which take the to form. So they have this example there:

I can recommend washing your clothes with this product.

But not this one:

I can recommend to wash your clothes with this product.

CJ

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