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"Insist" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "insistir en", and "insist on" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "insistir en". Learn more about the difference between "insist" and "insist on" below.
insist(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to reiterate)
a. insistir en
The waiter insisted that they were out of beer.El camarero insistió en que ya no les quedaba cerveza.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to be determined)
a. insistir
Will you come? - If you insist.¿Vendrás? - Si insistes.
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insist on(
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an
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. insistir en
Don’t insist on the same thing. I already said no.No insistas en lo mismo. Ya dije que no.
b. exigir
I want to talk to the manager. I insist on getting a refund.Quiero hablar con el gerente. Exijo que se me de un reembolso.
c. demandar
The union insists on a salary raise.El sindicato demanda un suba salarial.
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