Por Nick Potter
Here’s another in this series looking at real-life examples of the most common mistakes in English by native Spanish lawyers - yes, even some of the readers of this blog. These and lots more invaluable tips are available in a new e-book/paperback, here: 50 English Tips for Spanish Professionals.
Legal and other advisers often need to recommend and suggest what colleagues or clients could or should do. Unfortunately you can’t do so properly without using the gerund – we’ll look at what gerunds are and the verbs followed by gerunds that you need to remember.
recommend, suggest + gerund
|A||We would recommend to terminate the employment contract by the beginning of March|
|B||We strongly recommend to include this limit|
|C||We suggest that you obtain the relevant counterparty’s consent|
|D||We suggest to hold a kick-off meeting with them in order to explain the transaction|
|E||The Company envisages to enter into a framework agreement with the bank|
|F||We have no other means to verify the delivery date|
|G||If you think that it is worth to carry out that analysis, please let us know|
Before you read the answer, remember:
- I enjoy swimming / Me gusta nadar
- Do you fancy going to the cinema? / ¿Te apetece ir al cine?
- They don’t mind changing the date / No les importa cambiar de fecha
- We advise you to accept their proposal.
- We don’t advise that you sign this document
|A||We would recommend |
|B||We strongly recommend |
|C||We suggest that you obtain the relevant counterparty’s consent [CORRECT]|
|D||We suggest |
|E||The Company envisages |
|F||We have no other means |
|G||If you think that it is worth |