Are "advise somebody doing something" and "suggest somebody doing something" grammatically correct?

For example:

I suggested us (rather than "we") going in my car.
I advised us (rather than "we") going in my car.


In the case of "suggest", the two options that come to mind are:

I suggested going in my car.


I suggested (that) we go in my car.

You cannot say directly "to suggest someone something", nor can you say "to suggest (to) do something".
See further explanation on English Teacher Melanie and more examples of the correct usage of this verb on Oxford Learner's Dictionaries.

Using "advise" doesn't sound right in this context. If there were a third person saying it, the sentence could be:

He advised us to go in my car.

More correct usage of "advise" on Oxford Learner's Dictionaries.


I suggested us/we going in my car.

I advised us/we going in my car.

Both the sentences are grammatically incorrect. You can rephrase these sentences with the use of the conjunction "that" as follows:

I suggested that we go in my car.

I advised that we go in my car.

You can use "should" before the verb in these sentences in British English.


I'm afraid 'us' does not work there. It should be 'we' as a pronoun in such context.

I suggested (that) we go in my car.

I think when you are a part of that group, you can omit the pronoun 'we'.

I suggested going in my car.

  • 1
    In your first suggested sentence, there shouldn't be a gerund.
    – Tlacenka
    Sep 3 '15 at 13:17
  • I corrected the first suggested sentence. Does retaining the gerund force the omission of the pronoun?
    – Jasper
    Sep 4 '15 at 0:53
  • why not? @Tlacenka
    – Maulik V
    Sep 4 '15 at 4:38
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    @Jasper You can say either "I suggest we do something" using infinitive, or "I suggest doing something" with gerund but without pronoun...or simply "I suggest something/someone (e.g. a dish, potential employee)". In my answer, there is a link with more examples.
    – Tlacenka
    Sep 4 '15 at 10:13
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    Oh, the answer is already edited...and I did not see that at all! Okay, I agree @Tlacenka I was just confused.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 4 '15 at 10:27

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