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Negative suggestions



rosanaingles
Spain

Negative suggestions
 
Hi there, I have a doubt regarding negative suggestions in reported speech: -"Let�s not eat the apples", my mum said. - My num suggested that we not eat the apples. Is the reported sentece correct? Is it possible to say... That we don�t eat...? Thanks in advance.

18 Apr 2021      



Antonio Oliver
Spain

Hi,
My Grammar Book says we can use either an ING form or a subordinate clause after SUGGEST, so:
 
My num suggested not eating the apples or
My num suggested that we should not eat the apples 
 
As Present Simple usually refers to a routine action, "My num suggested that we dont eat the apples" may not be the best option.
 
Hope that helps 
 

18 Apr 2021     



redcamarocruiser
United States

My mom suggested that we not eat the apples is fine. A search on https://www.google.com/search?q=%22suggested+that+we+not%22&oq=%22suggested+that+we+not%22+&aqs=chrome..69i57.34468j0j4&client=ms-android-tmus-us-sscr-revc&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 has examples. My mom suggested that we dont eat the apples also sounds fine to me. https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/suggest has an example for dont.

19 Apr 2021     



rosanaingles
Spain

Thanks for your answers. Some native speakers told me the NOT EAT option was wrong, but it seems to be grammatically correct. Thanks

19 Apr 2021     



douglas
United States

it is grammatically correct, but not the most common to use (especially among AE speakers)

20 Apr 2021