We also do not insist that you type your solutions. As usual, you are responsible for ensuring your submitted solutions are easily legible.

After some search on internet, I found following similar sentenses

  • do not wish that
  • do not contend that
  • do not argue that
  • do not allege that
  • do not suggest
  • do not say that
  • do not recommend that

Does this means it's better to type the solution, but we don't have to type it; or it means not recommend to type the solution?

  • It means that they'd really like typed submissions but will accept anything that's as legible. May 23, 2020 at 18:29
  • I see, thanks, but my confusion was suggest/insist/recommend seems have same meaning, but how not insist here suddenly become to 'like' or recommend
    – user366394
    May 23, 2020 at 18:33
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    'do not insist that' = 'do not demand that'. May 23, 2020 at 18:52
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    Indeed, as @EdwinAshworth says. If I suggest something, I am telling you that it is a possibility. I probably won't do so if I think it's a bad choice, but I may do so if I know nothing about it as a choice. If I recommend something, I am saying that I think it is a good choice. If I insist on something, I am telling you that you must use it.
    – Colin Fine
    May 23, 2020 at 18:54
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    Insist does not mean the same as suggest or recommend. May 23, 2020 at 18:55

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"It's better to type the solution, but we don't have to type it" is the correct interpretation. "Do not insist" in this context means that it is not required of you, but given the requirement that "your submitted solutions are easily legible," typing is preferable because it generally improves legibility.

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