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"Insist" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "insistir en", and "suggest" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "sugerir". Learn more about the difference between "insist" and "suggest" 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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suggest(
suhg
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jehst
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to propose)
a. sugerir
My friend suggested meeting for lunch while he's in town.Mi amigo sugirió vernos para almorzar mientras está en la ciudad.
b. proponer
I suggested a number of different ideas, but she didn't like any of them.Propuse varias ideas diferentes, pero a ella no le gustó ninguna.
2. (to advise)
a. aconsejar
I suggest visiting the Prado when you're in Madrid.Les aconsejo visitar el Prado mientras estén en Madrid.
b. sugerir
He told me he was interested in European history, and I suggested that he read this book.Me dijo que estaba interesado en la historia europea y le sugerí que leyera este libro.
3. (to imply)
a. insinuar
Are you suggesting that this is my fault?¿Está insinuando que esto es mi culpa?
4. (to indicate)
a. indicar
The injuries suggest the killer attacked the victim from behind.Las heridas indican que el asesino atacó a la víctima por la espalda.
5. (to evoke)
a. sugerir
The smell of fresh bread suggests my grandmother's kitchen to me.El olor de pan fresco me sugiere la cocina de mi abuela.
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