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    insist

    Hi,

    please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is correct:

    1) I kept insisting and he finally gave in.

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    Pallavi

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    Re: insist

    That looks fine as long as you insisted more than once.

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    Re: insist

    Quote Originally Posted by pallavi kakkar View Post
    Hi,

    please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is correct:

    1) I kept insisting and he finally gave in.

    Regards

    Pallavi
    You can add a comma after insisting to separate the two independent clauses.

    I kept insisting, and he finally gave in.

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    Re: insist

    Quote Originally Posted by pallavi kakkar View Post
    Hi,

    please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is correct:

    1) I kept insisting and he finally gave in.

    Regards

    Pallavi
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    Incidentally, you may already know this, but it may be new to some readers. When you give 'insist' an object, the preposition to use is 'on': 'I insist on punctuality'.

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    #5

    Re: insist

    I wonder did I get the comment properly.

    I kept insisting on his hard working.

    I kept insisting on his hard work. This is wrong, isn't it?

    Could a verb follow the preposition on? Probably not. Please let me know that I be sure.

    Thanks

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    Re: insist

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I wonder did I get the comment properly.

    I kept insisting on his hard working.

    I kept insisting on his hard work. This is wrong, isn't it?

    Could a verb follow the preposition on? Probably not. Please let me know that I be sure.

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    The brown one is nearly right; the gerund has to come first: 'I kept insisting on his working hard'. (That's not a very natural way to say it though; 'I insisted on hard work' would be more like it.)

    In the green sentence, the 'his' is a problem. It would be OK in another sense of 'insist' [='keep saying that something's true']: "I insisted on his honesty" [='I kept saying that he was honest']. Your sentence isn't wrong, but I don't think many native speakers would use it.

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