She recommended me to try this oil for sunburn.Is this "recommend somebody to verb" pattern grammatical English? It sounds unnatural to me. Hits for it can be found on the Web, but at least one language-education Web site identifies the pattern as "wrong." The pattern doesn't appear at all in most learners' English-English dictionaries, which cover fairly comprehensively and correctly all the normal sentence patterns for their headwords, but the Macmillan English Dictionary does offer the pattern "recommend sb to do sth" and gives this example sentence: "Students are recommended to read the following books." Is it significant that this example is in the passive voice?
I recommend that you (should) give up smoking. = I recommend you to give up smoking.
She recommended me to consult a lawyer.
(March 21, 2003)