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The sentence is 'I insisted he meet her.'.
Why meet??? I think 'met' is right instead of 'meet'
'Meet' doesn't even have 's'.... Is that correct?
Please let me know~~
"I insisted (that) he meet her is correct".
The form meet, without -s is a subjunctive form of the verb. This is commonly used in AmE; in BrE we tend to say "I insisted that he should meet her" or even "I insisted that he met her".
In neither dialect is
I insisted him to meet hercorrect.
Last edited by ddablo; 29-Mar-2011 at 04:53.
Thank you for answering my question.
Here's another one.^^
① I insisted that he should leave with us.
② I insisted that he leave with us.
③ I insisted on his leaving with us.
Is there any differences of meaning between three sentences ?
If not, which one do you commonly use when you talk or write??
Have a good day!!!
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I believe that both "meet" and "met" are possible --
depending on what you wish to say.
(2) "I insisted that Tom meet Mona." = It was only your
strong recommendation. Maybe Tom followed your recommendation
or maybe he did not. Let's say that he did not meet Mona, who
owns a big business. Let's say that Tom's company lost a big
contract (because he did not meet with Mona). You could say:
Don't blame me. I insisted that Tom meet Mona, but he ignored
(a) Here are some other examples of the subjunctive that I have
I demand that Tom be here tomorrow. (Maybe he will obey my demand or maybe he won't. We won't know until tomorrow.)
It is necessary that Martha study for five more years if she wants that job. (We will have wait five years to see if she actually studied for five more years.)
We use the subjunctive when we are talking about something that is only in the speaker's mind. When I demand, insist, order, etc., maybe the other person will do what I demand, insist, or order, or maybe the other person will ignore what I demand, insist, or order.
We use the "s" (indicative") about something real (not only in the
I know that Tom is in his office every day at 7 a.m. (That's a fact)
Everyone says that Martha studies very hard. (That's a fact)
(3) "I insisted that Tom met Mona." This is going to be difficult to
(a) Let's say that Tom did absolutely meet Mona yesterday to discuss
business matters between their two companies.
(b) Let's say that Mr. X does not believe that Tom and Mona met/had
(c) Let's say that you go to Mr. X's office and tell him that Tom and Mona
did meet/ met/ had met yesterday.
(d) Let's say that Mr. X listens to you and then agrees that, yes, Tom and
Mona did meet/ met/ had met yesterday.
(e) And let's say that when you leave Mr. X's office, someone asks you:
"Hey! What did you tell Mr. X?" And you answer:
"Well, I just kept insisting that Tom did meet/met/ had met Mona. I even
showed Mr. X some photographs of them in the restaurant. Mr. X finally
agreed with me."
The bottom line:
I insisted that Pamela sing. = It was only my strong recommendation.
We do not know whether she sang or not.
I insisted that Pamela sing. She agreed with me and sang for one hour.
I insisted that Pamela sing. She ignored my request, so we never had an opportunity to hear her voice.
I insisted that Pamela sang. = I KNOW that she sang/had sung last night. So when some people refused to believe this fact, I refused to keep quiet. I insisted that she did sing/ sang/ had sung. Finally those people said, "OK. OK. We believe you!!!"
Last edited by ddablo; 30-Mar-2011 at 02:15.