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    #1

    take into custody

    Please tell me if this sentence is understandable and correct:

    They will take into custody the originals of the documents used as a basis for the operations in the Register.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: take into custody

    It's grammatically correct but I don't understand it.

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    #3

    Re: take into custody

    Agreed with Rover - I'm not sure I've ever heard of anything that's not a living person being taken into custody.

    I could easily be wrong, but from "take into custody," it sounds like you're talking about authorities taking documents from a person/company as part of an investigation or something like that. If so, then "seize/confiscate the originals of the documents..." would be two good alternatives. Hope that helps!

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: take into custody

    Oh, I may be wrong, but here by "take into custody" I mean "accept for safe storage". Is it not correct?

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    #5

    Re: take into custody

    That's definitely not the expression you want, then. But I'm strugglig to come up with a better way to say it.

    You "accept custody" of something or someone to say that it's your responsible to keep it/him/her safe, but I don't know how to say what you want to say.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: take into custody

    Thank you very much. Then, maybe one of the following phrases is appropriate:

    They will ACCEPT IN DEPOSIT the originals of the documents used as a basis for the operations in the Register.
    They will ACCEPT FOR SAFE CUSTODY the originals of the documents used as a basis for the operations in the Register.

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    #7

    Re: take into custody

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That's definitely not the expression you want, then. But I'm strugglig to come up with a better way to say it.

    You "accept custody" of something or someone to say that it's your responsible to keep it/him/her safe, but I don't know how to say what you want to say.
    I think it would be understandable if you said you were going to take custody of some important papers. The first definition of the word is "keeping, guardianship, care."

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    Re: take into custody

    Now we have to look at the second half of the sentence.

    Were the documents accepted into the Register, or were the operations in the Register, and does it have to have a capital R?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: take into custody

    The documents are already in the Register. But their originals have to be stored somewhere (taken custody of or accepted by someone for safe custody?). The Register is capitalized here because it is a keyword of an agreement.
    Thank you.

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    #10

    Re: take into custody

    So do you mean something like this?
    The original documents used as the basis for the operations, which are currently stored in the Register, will be transferred to [whoever] for long-term, secure storage. [Will copies of the original be placed in the Register?]
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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