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"Insist" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "insistir en", and "recommend" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "recomendar". Learn more about the difference between "insist" and "recommend" below.
insist(
ihn
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sihst
)
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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recommend(
reh
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kuh
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mehnd
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to advocate)
a. recomendar
He was recommended by a former colleague.Lo recomendó un antiguo colega.
2. (to suggest)
a. recomendar
What wine do you recommend?¿Qué vino me recomiendas?
3. (to advise)
a. aconsejar
I recommend that you be careful when using this knife.Te aconsejo que tengas cuidado al usar este cuchillo.
b. recomendar
The doctor recommends rest and plenty of fluids.El doctor recomienda descanso y que tome suficientes líquidos.
4.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to commit)
a. encomendar
I recommend this matter to you.Le encomiendo este asunto.
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