I wrote "She suggested me to go shopping." Why is it wrong?

Can we say one of the following sentences?

  1. She suggested going shopping.
  2. She suggested that we to go shopping.

How would you correct my original sentence?

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    You may find English Language Learners useful. Nov 23, 2014 at 8:29
  • She suggested that we go shopping is grammatical. You have to eliminate the "to".
    – TimR
    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:43
  • possible duplicate of "Suggest to go" vs. "suggest going". Or more precisely, How to use the word “suggest” correctly, but that one has no upvoted answers. Nov 23, 2014 at 13:19
  • The "we went" is, I think a subjunctive and is made perhaps more clear be changing "she suggested" to "she proposed" or "she insisted". I don't think that the "we had gone" possibility exists.
    – Martin
    Nov 23, 2014 at 14:21
  • The closest, correct phrase would be she suggested that I go shopping or she suggested that we go shopping.
    – Carl Smith
    Nov 23, 2014 at 14:51

1 Answer 1


The only correct is "1". "She suggested our going shopping" or "She suggested that we went shopping" are the two grammatically correct forms to include both parties.

  • Why to use 'our'? Is it possible to use'us'? - She suggested us going shopping.
    – rakaknoh
    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:48
  • "Us" is probably used colloquially, but the possesive is probably more correct before a gerund.
    – Martin
    Nov 23, 2014 at 10:10
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    To many people (myself included), “She suggested that we went shopping” is not correct in the sense intended here. It means roughly “She suggested that we had gone shopping”. If she was making a suggestion of what to do, the subjunctive is required for many speakers still: “She suggested that we go shopping”. Nov 23, 2014 at 11:41
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    This is clearly a BrE answer. Many (I suspect most) Americans would never say "she suggested that we went shopping"; it sounds completely ungrammatical to me. Nov 23, 2014 at 12:51
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    @Janus: See Ngram. Nov 23, 2014 at 12:56

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