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yingying
China

grammar
 
Dear all,
I would like to ask if it is corect to say:
The doctor recommends that she eats more fruits.
 
Thanks a bunch!

12 Mar 2013      



pikola
Spain

I would say: The doctor recommends her to eat more fruit

12 Mar 2013     



douglas
United States

Good question, 
 
My gut feeling says it should be "eat" vs "eats", but my logical side says "eats"
 
(and it would be fruit without the "s")
 
 
My gut says:
 
The doctor recommends that she eat more fruit.
 
but it is probably:
 
The doctor recommends that she eats more fruit.

12 Mar 2013     



yanogator
United States

Go with your gut, Douglas. If it is as big as Baloo īs, it should be trusted. (Note the important word "if" there).
 
Anyway, it should be "The doctor recommends that she eat more fruit".
 
We don īt say "recommends her" in this kind of context.
 
Bruce

12 Mar 2013     



Jayho
Australia

Bruce, or should I say yanoogatoor, luv yr response re doouglas-Balooīs gut feeling.
 
Cheers
 
Jayhoo

12 Mar 2013     



yanogator
United States

And Baloo already has a double o.
 
Brooce

12 Mar 2013     



florimago
Spain

Well, Brooce , Jayhoo and Dooglas , I īm getting very confused with this nice verb. I always thought you could use it after subjuntive (I recommend her she eat more fruit) , after gerund (The doctor recommended having rest) or bare infinitive or to infinitive . So whatīs the difference  between them? Come on , I īve got a new job and I need to impress my new boss  !!!Wink
 
Flori

12 Mar 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Agree - you don īt say recommends her to eat ... You īd say advises her to eat.
 
Brooce - technically you īre right, recommends that she eat, but I bet most folk would say recommends that she eats these days. Should we not allow that?
 
It īs not fair, I haven īt got a single o! Can I have double e instead?
 
Lynnee.

12 Mar 2013     



manonski (f)
Canada

You could be Coonliffe for the day...


12 Mar 2013     



yanogator
United States

Actually, Jayhoo, Baloo is storing up for winter, so he has his doctor īs permission.
 
Don īt forget, though, that he will go through the whole winter without eating at all, so the rest of us can īt use that excuse.
 
Brooce.

12 Mar 2013     



yanogator
United States

Lynne, it isn īt a construction that I hear very often, so I īm not sure how it is usually said these days. However, English is a language that is shaped by its users, so if that is the way people are saying it, then I agree that it has become proper.
 
Bruce

12 Mar 2013     

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