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I took an English assessment test online and this was my answer:

Someone suggested to go for a walk.

My answer was wrong and this was the correct sentence:

Someone suggested going for a walk.

Can someone please explain why my answer was wrong?

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I think your answer was not so much incorrect as 100 years out of date. "Suggested to go" would have been fine around 1900. See this Ngram. It seems to have survived to the present in Indian English. –  Peter Shor Sep 2 '13 at 12:26
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A suggestion (what is suggested, the object of the verb suggest) is a noun. You can't use an infinitive verb where a noun is required.

Going here is a gerund, a form of the verb go which functions as a noun.

[Note that suggested can followed by that and a finite verb, "suggested that we go". That's different; that is a conjunction introducing a clause expressing purpose, end, aim, or desire.]

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This answer isn't a good explanation, in that exactly the same reasoning doesn't work for other English verbs. In particular, a request is also a noun, but both "he requested to go for a walk" and "he requested that we go for a walk" are grammatical English, while "requested going for a walk" is not. –  Peter Shor Sep 2 '13 at 12:35
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'Someone suggested TO GO for a walk' implies that you are going somewhere for your walk. 'Someone suggested GOING for a walk' implies just the act of walking itself, without inference to any location to take the walk.

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I don't see how you came up with this distinction ... do you have any evidence or rationale for it? –  Peter Shor Sep 2 '13 at 12:41
    
@Peter Shor. 6 ways to use the verb ‘GO’ in English –  Epiphany Sep 2 '13 at 13:34
    
@Epiphany That lesson is about the use of go/going [+ preposition] as an active verb; e.g. "I'm going .., He's going to ..., etc,. It is not about using to go / going in the present context, where it is a suggestion (noun), not an action (verb). –  TrevorD Sep 2 '13 at 14:06
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