Would this sentence be grammatically correct in a reminder to a customer:
We insist you to clear the outstanding amount and to transfer it to our bank account. ?
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
I am pretty sure that "insist" is one of those verbs that require the SUBJUNCTIVE (at least in American English):
1. I'm very sorry, Mr. Smith, but we have to insist that you clear the outstanding amount and transfer it to our bank account.
2. I'm very sorry, Mr. Smith, but we have to insist that the outstanding amount be cleared and be transferred to our bank account. (The second "be" is not necessary in regular conversation. In a business letter, maybe it would be helpful to include it.)
3. To the best of my knowledge, an infinitive ("to clear") cannot follow "insist."
4. In my opinion, #2 sounds a little more courteous than #1. (It avoids demanding something of "you.")
5. I will let other members tell you how this sentence can be expressed in other varieties of English.
Last edited by TheParser; 12-Aug-2014 at 10:03. Reason: Explanation regarding the second "be."