1 Verb + suggestion
Use the correct form of the verbs:
agree to have
- Can I___________ a suggestion? Try turning the key in the opposite direction. I’m sure that’ll work.
- Have you got a few minutes to spare? I ___________ a suggestion I want to put to you.
- I know it’s not a good idea. I only___________ her suggestion in order not to upset her.
- Please use the form provided to make any comments on your stay at our hotel. We would___________ any suggestions you have for improving our services to our customers.
- You can ___________ my suggestion if you like, but do any of you have a better idea?
- It may seem silly to suggest that we go back to the planning stage again, but I don’t think we should ___________ his suggestion without thinking seriously about it.
Go back and underline the verb collocations.
2 Common adjective collocations
Use the following adjectives in these sentences:
- OK, the food isn’t that great, but it’s the only place I know that’s open. Have any of you got a___________ suggestion?
- Why are you laughing? This is a perfectly ___________ suggestion!
- I know this new plan is only ___________ at the moment, but I think we should take it seriously and adopt it.
- The report contained no___________ suggestions on how to improve the company’s performance and profitability. What a waste of money!
- A fancy-dress bike ride! What a ___________suggestion! Don’t we have any more sensible ways of raising money?
- Sack the boss! Now that’s the___________ suggestion we’ve had all morning!
Go back and underline all the collocations.
3 Good and bad suggestions
Divide the sentences below into two groups:
a / those describing good suggestions
b / those describing bad suggestions
- To be perfectly honest, I think that suggestion is utterly ridiculous!
- I was mocked for making such a stupid suggestion.
- That’s the first sensible suggestion he’s made since he started working here.
- That’s an excellent suggestion! Why didn’t I think of that myself!
- What an absurd suggestion! Nobody will agree to that!
- Thank you. That’s a very constructive suggestion.
- Your suggestion is preposterous! Nobody can afford a 10% pay rise!
- The suggestion that I have been having an affair with our secretary is outrageous! I’ve never heard anything like it!
1. Note the difference in meaning between the two underlined expressions:
I have a few favourite dishes that I tend to order but I’m always open to new suggestions.
(I am willing to try something new.)
I am a good listener and I’m always open to suggestion.
(I am willing to listen to and to consider other people’s suggestions.)
2. Note the following ways of rejecting suggestions:
I don’t think my boss values me at all. He knocks every suggestion I make.
Well, your suggestion that we take a cut in salary to help the company went down like a lead balloon.
My suggestion was dismissed out of hand. It was given no thought or consideration at all.
I shall treat that suggestion with the contempt it deserves.
3. If there is ‘a suggestion of something’, it means there is a suspicion or possibility that it is true:
The police have denied any suggestion of involvement in the prisoner’s death.
The company rejected any suggestion that it was to blame for the accident.
Ex 1: l. make 2. have 3. agreed to 4. welcome 5. ignore / reject 6. reject
Ex 2: 1. better 2. serious 3. tentative 4. useful 5. bizarre 6. best
good suggestions = 3,4, 6
bad suggestions = 1, 2, 5, 7, 8