What is the preposition that I should put after the verb "recommend" and before an object pronoun?

For example:

"I have a friend who learns English, but the problem is that he uses "google translate" which is full of mistakes. I would like to recommend (to?) him about a better dictionary that he can use.

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Yes, the correct preposition is to.

Often these questions can be answered with the help of a collocation dictionary, e.g. this one.

I should say that there are other problems with your sentences. In the first one, you don't say *who learns English but who is learning English. Also, you don't recommend (to someone) about something, but instead you recommend something: I would like to recommend to him a better dictionary (or I would like to recommend a better dictionary to him); also possible are I would like to recommend him to use a better dictionary and I would like to recommend a better dictionary for him to use.

  • Your answer, wasn't only a simple answer for my specific question, but also very helpful and useful for my English generally, by your extra explanation about my mistakes in my writing. In addition, I didn't know the dictionary that you recommended me, it looks great for my needs. Thank you! Apr 21, 2018 at 21:31
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    I think it might also be useful to point out: "I recommend he/she/they etc. get a better dictionary" when there is no preposition. The verb recommend is not so easy to use. It is true that recommend to [pronoun] does make that issue go away. :)
    – Lambie
    Apr 21, 2018 at 21:37
  • @Lambie Good point! Apr 21, 2018 at 22:07
  • @archimedean-point You're welcome! Apr 21, 2018 at 22:09
  • @archimedean-point (But it should really be the dictionary that you recommended to me :) However, I suspect that most people would in this case leave it at the dictionary you recommended.) Apr 21, 2018 at 22:13

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