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  1. Direct speech: He suggested to me, "Let us go to market."

Indirect Speech:
(A) He suggested to me to go to market.
(B) He suggested to me that we should go to market.

  1. He said to me, "Let us purchase this house."

(A) He proposed to me to purchase that house.
(B) He proposed to me that we should purchase that house.

Which is correct in each of these examples, A or B?

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  • Please add some details which you think is correct, and why? Otherwise this question will be closed as off-topic.
    – Andrew
    Dec 21, 2017 at 1:38
  • In first and second B is correct option but in one of the answers by lawrence-c has mentioned instead of we , they should be used. Here is the link.ell.stackexchange.com/questions/43443/…
    – asr09
    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:38

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  1. (B) is correct. Suggest doesn't use the infinitive (to go). Usually, it uses the subjunctive, which is used in clauses containing that. It can also use gerunds.

I suggest that we go (subjunctive) to the bank.

I suggest going (gerund) to the bank.

  1. (B) is correct. Propose can use the infinitive (to purchase), but in order to determine the correct sentence in this instance, one must take away the indirect object (me):

He proposed to purchase that house.

He proposed that we should purchase that house.

In the direct speech, the speaker uses us, indicating that you and other people are purchasing the house together. Sentence A doesn't convey this at all; it states that only he is purchasing the house.

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  • In first and second B is correct option but in one of the answers by lawrence-c has mentioned instead of we , they should be used. Here is the link.ell.stackexchange.com/questions/43443/…
    – asr09
    Dec 21, 2017 at 2:41
  • @asr09 You can't use they when you are part of the suggestion. It would make no sense.
    – Kman3
    Dec 21, 2017 at 3:34
  • If the subject of the first part of the sentence is no longer "I", but a third-person pronoun such as "he", in that case you use "they" for the second part of the sentence. He wished his friend good morning and proposed that they should go for a picnic that day. Please check this link this answer is by LawrenceC for the same type of question
    – asr09
    Dec 21, 2017 at 23:44
  • @asr09 Yes, because you're not involved. LawrenceC says that it in his answer. If you wished your friend good morning and proposed that they should go for a picnic (including you), that would make no sense.
    – Kman3
    Dec 22, 2017 at 18:38
  • I understood your explanation but :LawrenceC is saying that:If the subject of the first part of the sentence is no longer "I", but a third-person pronoun such as "he", in that case you use "they" for the second part of the sentence. I just need to ask in my question which you have answered if I use they when he is the subject , it would be right or wrong.
    – asr09
    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:06

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