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Good afternoon, our teachers,

LDOCE says that the following sentences are right:

1. I recommend (that) she speaks to a lawyer.
2. I recommend that she (should) speak to a lawyer.

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/recommend

Is it correct as well to say:

3. I recommend she speak to a lawyer. (Without that)?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hussein Hassan posted:

LDOCE says that the following sentences are right:

1. I recommend (that) she speaks to a lawyer.
2. I recommend that she (should) speak to a lawyer.

Is it correct as well to say:

3. I recommend she speak to a lawyer. (Without that)?

Hello, Hussein,

Yes, you can say "I recommend she speak to a lawyer" instead of "I recommend that she speak to a lawyer." I find it more natural to use "that," but both are fine.

In general, when a verb of speaking is followed by a "that"-clause, "that" can be deleted. Whether the deletion makes stylistic sense will depend on the case.

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