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I`ve been taught for years that the verb recommend is one of those verbs of advice that cannot be followed by the more usual pattern of object + infinitive but has to be followed by a that-clause with should + infinitive or with past, present or subjunctive form verbs. Recently, however, I found an entry in the Oxford Learner's Dictionary which states that the object + infinitive pattern is indeed possible with the recommend verb. Am I missing something here?

Below I enclose the link to the entry:

Oxford Learner's Dictionary: recommend

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  • So we know which entry you are referring to, you need to quote it after your link.
    – user3169
    Mar 3, 2016 at 1:24
  • I suggest that you include the sentence(s) you want to get information about in your question's body.
    – Abbasi
    Jan 4, 2017 at 21:08
  • In the link mentioned, I cannot find any examples of recommend + to-infinitive. Either the OP misread the entry, or the web page has been updated; this is an example of why it is important to quote sources rather than merely link to them.
    – choster
    Aug 8, 2018 at 15:06

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From your link:

We'd recommend you to book your flight early.

Maybe that's a British English thing. It's sounds very odd to this American.

In the US, we'd say "We'd recommend [that] you book your flight early."

No "to".

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Michael SwanPractical English Usage, lists some of the verbs which can be used with the object + infinitive structure.
These are: advise, allow, ask, bear, beg, cause, command, compel, encourage, expect, forbid, force, get, hate, help, instruct, instruct, intend, invite, leave, like, love, mean, need, oblige, order, permit, persuade, prefer, recommend, remind, request, teach, tell, tempt, trouble, want, warn, wish.

Some verbs cannot be followed by this structure, they need a that clause. For instance, suggest:

I suggested that she should go home.

However, many other verbs listed above can also be followed by that clauses, for example, but it seems you'll have to use a dictionary for more reference.

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I recommend to infinitive

directly dives into what you are recommending without delay by mentioning the infinitive

I recommend that

introduces a clause that qualifies what you are recommending

I recommend to go, now!
I recommend that we leave at the earliest possible time which is convenient, like right now!

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  • Shouldn't it be "I recommend we go, now!" Dec 5, 2016 at 17:53
  • That works also, there are several ways to express this.
    – Peter
    Dec 5, 2016 at 18:38

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