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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 1:31:48 AM
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We suggested that he goes to a specialist.

Is the sentence correct?

Thanks.
papo_308
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 2:04:24 AM
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I think that this type of sentence requires the subjunctive:

We suggested that he go to a specialist.

In a less formal style it could be

We suggested that he should go to a specialist.

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Drag0nspeaker
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Papo is right.

It is a suggestion, not a real action.

subjunctive mood
The subjunctive mood refers to verbs that are used to describe hypothetical or non-real actions, events, or situations. This is in comparison to the indicative mood, which is used to express factual, non-hypothetical information.
We most commonly use the subjunctive mood to express desires or wishes; to express commands, suggestions, requests, or statements of necessity; or to describe hypothetical outcomes that depend on certain conditions.

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However, in casual conversation, many people use "went" or "goes".


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coag
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 3:19:36 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
However, in casual conversation, many people use "went" or "goes".

Interesting. In this context, you can hear any of "went", "go", "goes ", in everyday conversation.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 3:44:30 AM

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Yea.
I think that, most often, if someone is talking about "last week" - or any time when the action may have been done in the past - people tend to use "went".
If talking about very recently, (when the action is more likely to be in the future) they use 'goes'.
If that doesn't make sense, here are some examples.

Last week, John was sick. I suggested that he go to the doctor, but be didn't go. (correct, formal or informal)
Last week, John was sick. I suggested that he went to the doctor, but be didn't go. (colloquial)

Yesterday, John was sick. I suggested that he go to the doctor today. I hope he will. (correct formal or informal)
Yesterday, John was sick. I suggested that he goes to the doctor today. I hope he will. (colloquial)


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etrusca
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 4:27:10 AM

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Shouldn't be the past subjunctive? We suggested he went.
Just asking
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 4:39:17 AM

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I didn't think of that, but you are right.

In the case where the suggested action might have happened in the past (but didn't) and it may not now happen, "went" would be correct too.

Last week, John was sick. I suggested that he go to the doctor, but be didn't go. (correct, formal or informal)
Last week, John was sick. I suggested that he went to the doctor, but be didn't go. (correct, formal or informal - this is the usual colloquial usage).

Yesterday, John was sick. I suggested that he go to the doctor today. I hope he will. (correct formal or informal)
Yesterday, John was sick. I suggested that he goes to the doctor today. I hope he will. (colloquial)


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Koh Elaine
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.
etrusca
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 6:08:08 AM

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"but be didn't go"
Is it a verbal form or is a typo for "but he didn't go"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017 9:35:16 AM

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etrusca wrote:
"but be didn't go"
Is it a verbal form or is a typo for "but he didn't go"?


Oops - I was testing your powers of observation . . . Liar

It should be "but he didn't go."

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Thank God! I was worried...
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