suggestion collocations

suggestion collocations


make suggestion

Can I make a suggestion? Try turning the key in the opposite direction. I’m sure that’ll work.

have suggestion

Have you got a few minutes to spare? I have a suggestion I want to put to you.

agree to suggestion

I know it’s not a good idea. I only agreed to her suggestion in order not to upset her.

welcome suggestion

Please use the form provided to make any comments on your stay at our hotel. We would welcome any suggestions you have for improving our services to our customers.

ignore / reject suggestion

You can ignore / reject my suggestion if you like, but do any of you have a better idea?

reject suggestion

It may seem silly to suggest that we back to the planning stage again, but I don’t think we should reject his suggestion without thinking seriously about it.

better suggestion

Ok, the food isn’t that great, but it’s the only place I know that’s open. Have any of you got a better suggestion?

serious suggestion

Why are you laughing? This is a perfectly serious suggestion!

tentative suggestion

I know this new plan is only tentative at the moment, but I think we should take it seriously and adopt it.

useful suggestion

The report contained no useful suggestions on how to improve the company’s performance and profitability. What a waste of money!

bizarre suggestion

A fancy-dress bike ride! What a bizarre suggestion! Don’t we have any more sensible ways of raising money?

best suggestion

Sack the boss! Now that’s the best suggestion we’ve had all morning!


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!



  • Note the difference in meaning between the two underlined expressions:

I have a few favorite 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.)

  • Note the following ways of rejecting suggestions:

I don’t think my boss values me at all. He knocks every suggestion I make.

We’ll, 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.

  • 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.

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