01. My sister's boyfriend [insisted] that he drive us home after the party because it was so late and the buses had stopped running.
02. He went to the job interview at his wife's [insistence], and ended up getting the job.
03. The boys were [insistent] that they had not been involved in the fight.
04. My wife [insists] on eating only organic fruits and vegetables.
05. I applied for the job at the [insistence] of my parents.
06. We were going to go home, but they [insisted] that we stay for supper.
07. Why do you [insist] on driving after you've been drinking? You could kill someone.
08. My little girl is growing up so fast. Today, she [insisted] on pouring her own apple juice and she didn't spill a drop.
09. Our teenage daughter [insists] that it's perfectly safe for her to walk home from her friend's place late at night.
10. I [insist] you stay for dinner. The children don't see enough of you.
11. I didn't want them to drive me home but they were very [insistent].
12. Despite the woman's [insistence] that she had seen a UFO, no one took the story seriously.
13. Harry Secombe once joked, "My advice if you [insist] on slimming: Eat as much as you like - just don't swallow it."
14. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "[Insist] on yourself; never imitate."
15. Because he [insists] on performing his own movie stunts, martial arts actor Jackie Chan has broken his nose three times, most of the bones in his hands, both cheekbones, his ankle, and his skull.
16. My Belgian student Yael [insists] that French fries are actually a Belgian invention, and should be called Belgian fries.

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