It's been a while since I've needed to dig that deep into English grammar. I'm not sure which of the below is grammatically correct.

  1. I recommend that you migrate soon.

  2. I recommend migration soon.

  3. I recommend migrating soon.

Personally, I think that alternative 3 is correct. I'm not sure though.

2 Answers 2


"Soon" is an adverb and needs a verb to modify. This dismissed 2 since 'soon' seems to modify "recommend" instead of the intended "migration", which makes the sentence (a) awkwardly constructed and (b) have unintended meaning.

Both 1 and 3 are fine: "soon" modifies verb "migrate" in 1 and gerund "migrating" in 3.

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    +1 Another alternative is "I recommend you to migrate soon". Sep 11, 2015 at 13:03
  • @StoneyB , Victor, Hold on a mo. It's perfectly natural to use soon to postmodify a noun! There's nothing wrong with (2) here. We don't want to bend the real language to make it fit our idea of the grammar .... :( Sep 11, 2015 at 15:43
  • @StoneyB, Victor Here's an example from Payne, Huddleston & Pullum "Earlham College’s modern equestrian center will become even more impressive with [the addition soon of an indoor riding and show arena]" Sep 11, 2015 at 15:47
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    @Araucaria Pshaw. You're perfectly sound on commas. -- Hash for the brownies? Ya gotta look at the hat. Sep 11, 2015 at 16:49
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    @Araucaria Well, John Lawler would prolly say a postposited modifier is a reduced RC. Sep 11, 2015 at 16:52

Another option to correct #2 is

I recommend a prompt migration.

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