Suggesting…

Watching a tutorial video, the teacher said: “I would suggest you keep smiling…”. Isn’t it incorrect “to suggest people”?, plus in one of her previous lessons about the verb “suggest”, she pointed out that this verb doesn’t take an object… Serena.

You can say “I suggest (that) you keep smiling” and “I suggest people keep smiling.” Technically, you can also say “I suggest to you that you keep smiling” and “I suggest to people that they keep smiling” but they both sound less natural.
This may sound difficult, but with languages, it’s actually easier to learn the correct phrases by talking to people and watching films and TV shows in the original language, rather than by consulting grammar books and engaging in complicated linguistic analysis (something that is done with Latin, but not English, at schools in the UK). Italy is probably the European nation that is at the top of the class when it comes to grammatical analysis in the teaching of English, but it’s near the bottom of class when it comes to the actual quality of spoken English! Factors include (1): an obsession with grammar in teaching English, often at the expense of opportunities for speaking or listening to the language (2) the excessive use of dubbing for English language films or TV shows. When you think about it, this makes sense: after all, when our mothers taught us our “mother tongues,” did they read to us from grammar books? No, they talked to us and they encouraged us to talk! 

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