Online stores suggest their customers to change their passwords periodically.
The structure used here is subject + suggest + object + to + V1. Instinctively I know that’s not right, but to find out why I headed over to Netspeak.org and this is what I found:
- subject + suggest + object + to + V1
[no results – must be wrong.]
- subject + suggest + object + V1
[plenty of results – must be correct!]
- subject + suggest + that + object + V1
So, we can say..
- Online stores suggest their customers change their passwords periodically.
- Online stores suggest that their customers change their passwords periodically.
And when I looked for other patterns at Netspeak.org I noticed another structure:
- Online stores suggest changing passwords periodically.
subject + suggest + __ing
Alternatively, if you really love using ‘to + v1’ then you can use advise instead of suggest:
- Online stores advise customers to change passwords periodically.
What a fantastic resource for investigating the way words fit into different grammatical structures! Follow the search strategies ‘suggested’ at Netspeak.org and explore for yourselves!