In the last blog, we set two problem sentences that both used ‘recommend’. Here are the answers:
1. Recommending an activity:
Subject + recommend + (that) + person + verb
When we would like to suggest something we have experienced, heard about or a technique that works:
Subject + recommend + gerund + (to + person)
This is the same as the above, except we use a gerund (verb + ing) instead of a subject and verb clause. This is useful when the person being recommended to is obvious:
2. Recommending someone (for a job or task):
Subject + recommend + person + for the job / task
We use this structure when we want to say someone we know is suitable for a task or position:
3. Recommending an object:
Subject + recommend + object + (to + person)
Sometimes we would like to suggest an object to a person when we think they would like it.
In the next blog, we will look at the difference between ‘teach’ and ‘train’ as verbs. Until then, are the sentences below correct or incorrect?
1. Mark taught Mike how to use the photocopier.
2. Ms. Spencer got a job training French to a class of 30 students.
3. A doctor is trained to save lives but a paramedic is taught to save them.
Noel Bradshaw is the COO of Rosetta Stone Learning Center and started his career at management consulting firm Accenture. He came to Japan with the JET programme before joining Rosetta Stone and has been with the company for 8 years.