Recommend and suggest
To recommend is to advise that someone should do something.
Recommend can be followed by a that-clause.
- I recommend that you apply for that job.
- I recommend that you buy health insurance.
Recommend can be followed by an –ing form.
- We recommend buying a new laptop.
- I recommend booking early.
We can also recommend someone to do something.
- Students are recommended to read the instructions carefully.
We recommend someone/something to someone
- He recommended me to his boss and hence I got the job.
Recommend collocates with the following adverbs: heartily, thoroughly, highly, wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
To suggest is to offer an idea for someone else’s consideration.
Suggest can be followed by an –ing form or a that-clause.
- She suggested that I should consult a doctor.
- Mother suggested buying a new toothbrush.
- If you experience any difficulty, we suggest contacting the support team.
Suggest collocates with the following expressions: politely, seriously, respectfully, tactfully, strongly and tentatively.
Suggest and recommend have similar meanings.
- Can you suggest a nice restaurant to us?
- Can you recommend a good restaurant to us?
- The doctor suggested taking a short break.
Note that suggest cannot be followed by a to-infinitive.
- She suggested that I should consult a doctor. OR She suggested consulting a doctor. (NOT She suggested me to consult a doctor.)
- The government suggested building another airport. (NOT The government suggested to build another airport.)