suggested vs. recommended

Discussion in 'English Only' started by the_one_and_only, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    Hi everyone,

    Could you, please, tell me if suggest and recommend are interchangeable in the phrase, I suggested/recommended improving reliability?
    Thank you in advance!
  2. Waterdash Senior Member

    English (US)
    Yes, they are in that case, but not in every case.
  3. Suspishio

    Suspishio Senior Member

    Berkshire, UK
    English - England
    Waterdash makes an important point which, perhaps, merits explanation.

    Recommended can be viewed as suggested plus positive endorsement.

    Also, as we don't know the full context of your query sentence, I can see a case where the two words have rather different meanings. For example: "The network keeps on failing. I suggested improving reliability". This leaves interpretation open to include that this is but one potential remedy; another possibility being to buy new equipment instead. If the word recommended had been used, there is more force for the offered solution and less for other possibilities.

    I hope all that is clear. Certainly, context is everything.
  4. the_one_and_only Senior Member

    Romania, Romanian
    Unfortunately I don´t have more context. That´s the way I saw it in a grammar exercise. But I think I understood, for which many thanks to both of you!

    Best wishes,

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