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