Verb Suggest: USES

We can use the verb suggest with a noun phrase, a that-clause, the -ing form
of a verb or a wh-question word (where, what).

Suggest + noun phrase

We can use a noun phrase as the object of suggest:

Can you suggest a good restaurant in this part of town?

If we need to mention the person who receives the suggestion, we use a to-

My teacher suggested an exam I could take at the end of the year. (or My
teachersuggested an exam to me which I could take at the end of the year.)

Not: My teacher suggested me an exam …

Suggest + that-clause

When we suggest an action to someone, we can use a that-clause. In informal
situations, that is often left out:

I suggest (that) you leave here around four o’clock. The traffic gets very bad
from about 4.30 onwards.

When suggest is in the past, we can use should in the that-clause:

Her doctor suggested that she should reduce her working hours and take
more exercise.

Suggest + -ing form

We can use suggest with the -ing form of a verb when we mention an action
but do not mention the person who will do it, because it is understood in the

She suggested travelling together for safety, since the area was so

Suggest + wh-question word

We can use suggest with a question word such as where, what, who, how:

Not: He suggested me to apply …  We don’t use suggest + to-infinitive: Henry wanted to tell .cambridge. Not: Dora suggested to wait … http://dictionary. but Dora suggested waiting until the news had been announced officially. Could you suggest where I might be able to buy a nice sweater for Mark? Can anyone suggest how we might attract more people to the next event? Typical errors  We don’t use suggest + indirect object + to-infinitive when we suggest an action to someone: He suggested that I should apply for a job in a bank or insurance company.