What is sonkeigo form of verb-て/で+みる? I've heard somewhere 思い出してごらんになる as a keigo form of 思い出してみる, but I doubt if it's correct.

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    Curious as to where you saw/heard or learned to say 「思い出してごらんになる」. A great question, though.
    – user4032
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 11:49

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This may be too obvious to OP, but we can use られる and say like this:

  • その本{ほん}を読んで{よんで}みられると良い{よい}でしょう。
  • 食べて{たべて}みられることをお勧め{おすすめ}します。
  • 正直{しょうじき}に言って{いって}みられてはどうですか。

But I recommend that you try to apply honorifics to the main verb (these are more common, and perhaps politer, too):

  • その本{ほん}をお読み{およみ}になってみると良い{よい}でしょう。
  • 召し{めし}上が{あが}ってみることをお勧め{おすすめ}します。
  • 正直{しょうじき}に仰って{おっしゃって}みてはどうですか。

These 二重敬語{にじゅうけいご} examples are not entirely wrong, but are probably frowned upon by some:

  • (?) その本{ほん}をお読み{およみ}になってみられると良い{よい}でしょう。
  • (?) 召し{めし}上が{あが}ってみられることをお勧め{おすすめ}します。
  • (?) 正直{しょうじき}に仰って{おっしゃって}みられてはどうですか。

Honorific form would be 〜てごらんなさる, often used in imperative 〜てご覧{らん}なさい

On the other hand, a person in a higher position talking to a person in a lower position might use a shortened form 〜てごらん, like やってご覧{らん}. Although you add a word in seemingly polite form "ご覧" it would be considered impolite if used toward a teacher or a stranger.

  • +1 on the てごらん。I hear this all the time when mothers are speaking to their children.
    – Ninj0r
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 12:43
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    – naruto
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 12:47
  • @naruto Thank you for pointing that. Corrected.
    – macraf
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 12:48
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    @naruto But I often heard やってみてごらん used for example by a martial arts teacher. Google also returns >80k hits for that phrase. Is it superfluous?
    – macraf
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 12:54
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    @naruto てごらん is more forceful, like saying "do it" vs. てみてごらん which is more like "try it".
    – Ninj0r
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 10:45

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