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What is the correct verb form to use here?

I recommend that Company X adopt Y.

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I recommend that Company X adopts Y.

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Recommend takes Subjunctive, so the verb is in the infinitve: I recommend that Company X adopt Y. http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm He recommended that each driver report his tips.

  • This somewhat differs from BrEng to AmEng, where the former usually prefers a modal verb, especially 'should', whilst the latter prefers to use the infinitive. I myself would use both, depending on circumstance. – Deonyi Apr 5 '16 at 6:56
  • @Deonyi are you suggesting that BrEngs would prefer 'I recommend that Company X should adopt Y'? – 568ml Apr 5 '16 at 7:23
  • @568ml Yes, I would personally use the infinitive for 'recommend', but use 'should adopt' for 'suggest'. Again, BrEng to my knowledge uses both, but uses the subjunctive less often. – Deonyi Apr 5 '16 at 10:48
  • @Deonyi The report recommends that tourists avoid the region. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/essential-british-english/… – Cathy Gartaganis Apr 12 '16 at 7:10
  • @Cathy Gartaganis Perhaps I wasn't clear. Whilst the subjunctive should be used in that situation, informally, usually the indicative would be used instead in BrEng. oxforddictionaries.com/words/when-to-use-the-subjunctive – Deonyi Apr 12 '16 at 7:48

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