The Cambridge book let me know following transition of sentence valid except for the verb : 'remember','suggest','decide',etc.

It is said that he was the manager of the company.

He is said to have been the manager of the company.

So the question is, how can I apply this in similar way to the verb 'remember' that bringing the subject of 'that' clause to the front, in the following sentence.

It is strongly recommended that the machine should be fixed.

Would it be going like this?

the machine is strongly recommended being fixed.??

or is it impossible?

  • After some verbs you can use different types of to+infinitive. to have been is perfect and to be is not! After suggest and some other verbs you cannot immediately use to+infinitive. – Cardinal Jul 2 '16 at 10:34
  • Your first "strongly" example displays 'extraposition'.The basic version would be the unsatisfactory "That the machine should be fixed is strongly recommended". – BillJ Jul 2 '16 at 12:41

It helps to understand the idea behind the verb.

The primary meaning of transitive to recommend means "to offer specific advice".

Of course, a typical flat tire or a broken machine cannot itself recommend that it be fixed. A sentient being (a person, or a device capable of sensing and communicating) recommends.

A photocopier with a computer diagnostic device inside it might recommend that you have the photocopier serviced. But the photocopier itself is not making that recommendation.

That is why "the machine" cannot be moved to the subject position of a sentence where the verb is transitive recommend.

If the sentient being making the recommendation is not important at the moment, and the primary thought is that it would be advisable to do something, we can use so-called "dummy 'It'":

It is recommended that you replace the car's left headlight. It has burned out.

There, "that you replace the car's left headlight" fills the slot that "it" occupies.

Secondly, to recommend is not to declare a fact as we do when we say "He was manager of the company" or "That plant is poisonous to humans". Offering advice is not a statement of fact. So you will sometimes see the subjunctive used:

It is recommended that the car's left headlight be fixed.

  • Just a reality check. Do you think The machine is recommended to be fixed is incorrect? – Damkerng T. Jul 2 '16 at 12:46
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    I think it is a locution that few native speakers alive today would use. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 2 '16 at 12:47
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    Though just the other day, in a comment to CowperKettle, I suggested "The drug is thought to act by ....." But what will fly with one verb won't fly with another. We just wouldn't state the recommendation in the passive nowadays (to be fixed). It is recommended that... – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 2 '16 at 12:51
  • @TRomano then do you think it is wrong to say that "the machine is decided to be moved out"? I understood 'to recommend' is awkward to use like that but not for the verb 'decide' in somecases. – JBL Jul 3 '16 at 7:38
  • @JBL: Try to recast that statement in the active voice. It cannot be done, because the complement of decide cannot be "the machine to be moved out". Ungrammatical: They decided the machine to be moved out. We do hear this: They recommended (that) the machine be moved out. But we don't hear this: "They decided (that) the machine be moved out" (though it strikes my ear as marginal, not entirely impossible). Rather we hear: "They decided to move the machine out." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 3 '16 at 10:59

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