English Lesson: Advise, Recommend, Suggest

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I was looking for a new camera. A friend of mine recommended I shop at B&H Camera Shop in NYC. I went there yesterday. The salesman was very knowledgeable and he suggested a Sony camera. It seemed like a good one, but I didn’t buy it right away. I remembered my father once advised me to take my time buying something so expensive. He always advised checking several models and stores before buying.

Advise, recommend, and suggest are similar words and how to use them can be confusing. Let’s spend some time today looking at these words and how they are used. Take another look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson.

Advise has two possible structures:

     advise + [someone] + [to do something]

  • My father advised me to take my time.
  • I advised Kim to take the TOEFL exam.

     advise + [doing something]

  • He advised checking several models and stores before buying.
  • Mom always advised washing your hands before eating.

Recommend & suggest have three possible structures

     recommend / suggest + [someone] + [do something]

    • A friend of mine recommended I shop at B&H Camera in NYC.
    • I suggested Brad and Angie go to Hawaii for vacation.

     recommend / suggest + [doing something]

    • He suggested checking several models and stores before buying.
    • Mom always recommended washing your hands before eating.

     recommend / suggest + [something]  + [to someone]

    • He suggested B&H Camera to me.
    • recommend this website to all of my students

These are the structures used for these three words. I hope you found this lesson helpful. If someone was going to visit your country, what would you suggest they do and see?

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