English Lesson & Podcast: Advise, Suggest, & Recommend

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I suggest visiting Park Ave!

I suggest visiting Park Ave!

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Advise, recommend, and suggest are similar verbs and can be confusing. Let’s have a look at how these verbs are used.

Introduction: Language in Context

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.

Dialog

  • Jen: I would really like to buy a bike for riding in Central Park on the weekends.
  • Jack: Good idea. I suggest that you try my friend’s bike shop downtown.
  • Jen: Will he give me good advice?
  • Jack: Definitely. He’ll probably advise you to try a few different bikes before you choose one. If you tell him I sent you, I think he’ll give you a discount.
  • Jen: Great! Thanks for recommending him to me.

Grammar Point

Advise has two possible structures: (*remember: advise is the verb form, and advice is the noun! These two words are pronounced differently.)

1.    advise + [someone] + [to do something]

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

2.    advise + [doing something]

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

Recommend and suggest have three possible structures:

1.    recommend / suggest (that) + [someone] + [do something]

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

2.    recommend / suggest + [-ing word]

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

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

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

If someone was going to visit your country, what would you suggest they do and see? Leave a comment here and let me know:



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