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How should the sentence end?

He said that he was not feeling well, so I suggested him to see a doctor.

He said that he was not feeling well, so I suggested him that he should see a doctor.

Are both correct usage? If so, then which one is better?

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He said that he was not feeling well, so I suggested to him that he should see a doctor.

Or you could make the sentence shorter because the "to him" is implied:

He said that he was not feeling well, so I suggested he see a doctor.

  • Why is "He said that he was not feeling well, so I suggested him to see a doctor" incorrect? – Phoenix Oct 1 '15 at 9:17
  • My first answer is that "him" is not the direct object of the sentence. The suggestion (that he should see a doctor) is the direct object. However as I think more about it I wonder why it is ok to say "I sent him a letter" and "I gave him a car". So I looked up "send" and "suggest" in some dictionaries and all I can say is that according to the examples at Oxford English Dictionary "send" can have two objects while "suggest" only has one – Readin Oct 2 '15 at 3:34
  • Actually, the best answer I can give is that I'm a native speaker and "I suggested to him" just sounds wrong. – Readin Oct 2 '15 at 3:40

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