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The verbs with the general meaning of suggestion and form of the verbs

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The verbs with the general meaning of suggestion and form of the verbs

Post by ulasozaltay » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:14 am

in situation 1 ,
I want to say that I told jane, I insisted her to buy a golden neckle ,I would say it in this way ;
''I insisted that jane buys a golden neckle''
in situation 2
If I tell someone else about jane and try to convince that person that jane bought a golden neckle (I have no effect on the fact that jane bought a golden neckle, I am just telling someone else about the fact that jane bought a golden neckle).
I would say it in the same way;
''I insisted that jane buys a golden neckle''
As you see above this sentence (I insisted that jane buys a golden neckle) can have 2 different meanings.
Does it mean the sentence is ambigious by itself and can mean differently depending on context?

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Re: The verbs with the general meaning of suggestion and form of the verbs

Post by Alan » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:41 am

The correct form requires the subjunctive, and is unambiguous:

I insisted that jane buy a golden necklace.

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