Which is correct?

I suggest mum invite my auntie for dinner.


I suggest mum to invite my auntie for dinner.

Is it the same rule on I (recommend)?

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    I wouldn't leave out the 'that'. And the covert mandative is far more common here in the UK: "I suggest/recommend that mum invites my auntie for dinner." The periphrastic should construction doesn't sound too natural in these cases; on the other hand, "I suggested that mum invites ..." sounds awful (with the intended meaning), and I'd switch to the mandative subjunctive. Nov 10, 2023 at 14:54
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    The question has essentially been asked before: Tensed verb form or the plain form when used after "that" (in a mandative construction). The to-infinitive is not an option. There may be confusion in that "I asked mum to invite my auntie for dinner" certainly takes a to-infinitive. Nov 10, 2023 at 14:55
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    "Suggest (that) someone..." can be complemented by a clause with the finite verb form (e.g. invites) or with the unmarked infinitive (invite) but not with the marked infinitive (to invite). Same with recommend.
    – TimR
    Nov 10, 2023 at 16:18

2 Answers 2


I suggest Mum to invite... is not idiomatic.

We usually say I suggest that [something should happen], so that Mum invites. You could be saying this to someone else - "It would be a good idea if Mum invited Auntie..."

Or, to emphasise the person who is receiving the suggestion, I suggest to Mum that she/we should invite Auntie for dinner. The use of to is recommended here.


"I suggest mum invites auntie for dinner" might be preferable.

  • Or "I suggest to Mum that she/we should/might invite Auntie for dinner". Nov 10, 2023 at 16:11
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    This doesn't sound idiomatic to me, but maybe I'm on the wrong side of the pond.
    – Barmar
    Nov 10, 2023 at 16:55
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    I meant wrong side for that idiom (just as we don't use "mum" much here).
    – Barmar
    Nov 10, 2023 at 17:00
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    Lesley: As a heads up, this answer showed up in the "Low quality posts" review queue, maybe because of how short it is.
    – Conrado
    Nov 10, 2023 at 18:36
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    @Conrado - appreciate the heads-up, but since Kate's post seems to answer the question, then I am content to back off.
    – Lesley
    Nov 11, 2023 at 8:11

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