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I came across a sentence in a product description:

We recommend it is configured according to the Standard.

I would have written the sentence as

We recommend configuring it according to the Standard.

Which version is right/better/wrong? Why?

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Your version is definitely better.

The first is definitely oddly worded and possibly grammatically incorrect. You recommend something. Following "We recommend" with a statement about something's condition is odd, if not completely wrong.

I would either say it the way you said it or

We recommend that it be configured according to the Standard

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    I took the liberty of changing Second to the first in your answer, as I'm quite sure you had meant to say that it was the first sentence that is odd. – Jason Bassford Feb 22 at 17:31
  • @JasonBassford Yeah, that is what I meant. Thanks for fixing it – Kevin Feb 22 at 19:02
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They're both correct, and both are saying the same thing. However, the first is slightly more formal, so the choice of which is more appropriate depends on the register (tone) of the rest of the text. In a product description, the former seems to be the better choice.

  • I disagree. The first is very oddly worded and possibly wrong. – Kevin Feb 22 at 16:10
  • Very standard, actually. Having said that, Kevin's answer's suggestion of "We recommend that it be configured according to the Standard" is definitely an improvement. – therightstuff Feb 23 at 21:10
  • It is not very standard. Googles ngrams shows no hits whatsoever for We/I recommend it is. books.google.com/ngrams/… – Kevin Feb 23 at 21:17

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