English as a Second Language/take....



Hope you are fine!

I have a question: Which choice is correct? Please explain your reasons.

"Peter, my suggestion for you is ............. some time off and relax."

a) take

b) to take

c) taking

Thank you very much!

Wish you all the best in life

Hi, hame,

As you will see here, http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=my+suggestion+is&l=0&sugg=off, the most common forms after 'my suggestion is' are the to- infinitive and a subordinate clause introduced by 'that'.

The reasons? This is just one of those times when we need to say "That's just the way it is".

Do remember that the verb works differently:

1. I suggest (that) you take some time off,
2. I suggest (your) taking some time off.
3. *I suggest (you) to take some time off.

The first two are correct. The third is not.

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Jed Webb


I can assist with questions about English grammar (syntax, morphology, pronunciation and spelling)from learners taking such examinations as TOEFL, IELTS, FCE and CAE and other internationally recognised tests.


I have over forty years of experience in the teaching of modern languages, twenty-four of them in the Teaching of English as a Second Language. I have been an examiner for FCE, BEC and IELTS examinations, and a teacher trainer on courses leading to the Trinity College Certificate in TESOL.

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