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    Not sure which tense to use

    Hi guys,

    I just translated this sentence but something does not sound right. The sentence I'm struggling with is the following:

    "The night between the 15th and the 16th of August 2014, the defendant X together with the person Y have taken over a couple of migrants..."

    I am not sure if the correct form is "have taken over" or "took over"?

    The person describing is not personally involved in the situation, if that makes a difference.

    I am looking forward to your kind assistance.

    Thank you,
    Natasha

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    Re: Not sure which tense to use

    "Took over" is the right verb tense. But how do you take over migrants? It makes no sense.

    You might mean:

    - took in a couple of migrants. (Gave them shelter.)
    - kidnapped a couple of migrants. (Imprisoned them.)
    - took a couple of migrants over to another place. (Transported them.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Not sure which tense to use

    Thank you, Charlie. "Тake over" as in "take them over from other people". The context is smuggling.
    Does it make sense in this context or still not?

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    Re: Not sure which tense to use

    "... took over responsibility for ..." would work better.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Not sure which tense to use

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "... took over responsibility for ..." would work better.
    I guess!
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