LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/ABR/2011 8:10 PM|
|Assunto:||Verbs "to indicate" and "to suggest|
(1) He suggested a doctor to me.
(2) He recommended a doctor to me.
(3) He indicated a doctor to me.
(4) He directed me to a doctor.
(1) is weak, polite, courteous. (2) is a little stronger. He has given me his opinion. (3) is stronger than (2). (see below) I'd say that (4) is the strongest of all.
"Indicated" could mean he told me about a doctor and gave me his name, he pointed to a doctor in a crowd, etc. In some cases it would mean "to show" and in some contexts it would merely mean he identified a doctor by one means or another.
In (4) he has given me the name, address, etc. of a doctor. Possibly he has even ordered me to go see him.
These are my personal opinions. Others may have other thoughts on the subject, but they would be wrong. (LOL)
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