Hi, Language Lover,
My apologies, as this is more of a semantics question, but I would appreciate the thoughts of others on this.
You don't need to apologize. Many questions here are of a semantic nature. We only sometimes encourage members to look up the word in the dictionary.
Is a sentence such as the one below semantically acceptable? I appreciate it is not ideal but what I am asking is if it is acceptable.
'Events suggest that this is certainly a period of change.'
If you look up "suggest," you will find it has several meanings: propose, recommend, indicate, imply.
In your sentence above we could use "indicate," so "suggest" is correct. I'm not sure I like the assertive nature of "certainly." I think it clashes with the tentativeness of "suggest." I would say:
- Events suggest that this is a period of change.
- Events suggest that this would be a period of change.