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When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

I found the above line in Independent news.

My question is this - why "take" here? Shouldn't it be either "recommends that you take" or "recommends your taking"?

So far I know we use subjunctive or gerund with "recommend".

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The subordinating conjunction that can be omitted, and this is very common in informal style (and I note that the quote is taken from direct speech).

"When a doctor recommends that you take" can become "When a doctor recommends you take".

There are two "subjunctives" in the sentence (I put the term "subjunctive" in quotes because the use of the term is a bit controversial, especially in cases like this where the subjunctive and indicative have identical form):

When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

The second one has a "that" preceding the subordinate clause, while the first one has no "that".

"Recommends your taking" would be OK as well ("have" would then become "having"), although rather formal - and "recommends you taking" (again, with "having") would also work (in a less formal style):

When a doctor recommends your taking a test or having some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

When a doctor recommends you taking a test or having some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

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