"My friend insisted me on reading your notes."

Is this sentence correct? I have been debating between the aforementioned and:

"My friend insisted me to read your notes."

Would the first one be grammatically acceptable?


I recently texted that line to someone. Here's what I'm trying to say: "My friend suggested/ asked me to read your notes."

  • Which of the following ideas are you trying to express: My friend insisted that I read my notes. My friend insisted that I let him read my notes. My friend insists that you let me read your notes. My friend insisted that I ask you to read your notes. Or something else?
    – Jim
    Nov 27 '14 at 17:10
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    Perhaps also consider: "My friend insisted on me reading your notes." :)
    – F.E.
    Nov 27 '14 at 17:25
  • @Jennifer- How many people total are involved in your conversation? The friend doing the insisting, you, and the friend with the notes?
    – Jim
    Nov 27 '14 at 17:28
  • @Jim Only two people are involved. The person with the notes and I. My friend who is insisting is a third person.
    – Jennifer
    Nov 27 '14 at 17:31
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    Ok, then I suggest: My friend insisted that I read (his/her) notes.
    – Jim
    Nov 27 '14 at 17:33

Grammatically I think what you want to say is:

My friend insisted that I read your notes.

The word insisted doesn't take "me" as an object. If there's only one piece of cake left, and my friend wanted me to eat it, I would report that by saying:

She insisted that I eat the cake.

and not:

She insisted me eat the cake.

Getting back to your question title – notice how there is no preposition!

You should also realize, though, that insisted is a much stronger word than suggested. If your friend suggested that you read the notes, that just means it was an idea for you to consider. If your friend insisted that you read the notes, it means your friend wasn't ready to accept "No" as an answer.


Per grammar, you don't insist somebody to do something. However, in formal English, you can insist on somebody doing something e.g.'"My friend insisted my/me reading your notes". Usually, we say "my friend insisted that I read your notes". It's also correct to say in BE that "My friend insisted that I should read your notes". Please refer to Oxford Learners' Dictionary to look up "insist".

So both the sentences presented have not been formed properly.

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