1) I recommend you to take an umbrella. 2) I recommend taking an umbrella. 3) I recommend to take an umbrella. 1 and 2 feel ok to me, but not 3. Do you agree? Can you explain why? (In particular, why is 1 ok, but not 3. Pepe EDIT: The more I look at this, the less I think 1 is correct after all. Should it be "I recommend (that) you take an umbrella"?