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    #1

    we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take


    I think the correct answer should be "take" due to the preceding verb "concerned". I'm inclined to think of "concerned" as a sense/"mental" verb although I don't know if it's correct.

    - We were concerned because traditionally when the coach take/takes over a new team........

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    I can't see or think of any reason why the third person singular "takes" wouldn't follow "the coach".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    I didn't consider using "takes" because of the use of "were concerned". I thought that because of "were concerned", the next verb should not be in present tense. Hmm...I'm confused!


    If "traditionally" is omitted, then the verb should be in past tense?
    - We were concerned because when the coach took over a new team.....


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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    Does the rest of the sentence refer to the past?
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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    No, Matthew. The rest of the sentence refers to the modus operandi of the coach, hence the use of "traditionally".

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    I agree with ems.

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I didn't consider using "takes" because of the use of "were concerned". I thought that because of "were concerned", the next verb should not be in present tense. Hmm...I'm confused!
    No- the present is fine. I'd take it to mean that they were concerned when the coach took over because the time when a coach takes over is often...
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-Dec-2015 at 13:02. Reason: if -> is

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    because the time when a coach takes over if often...
    I suspect Tdol meant to write "is often" instead.
    I agree with emsr2d2, tarheel and Tdol. The keyword here is "traditionally" which implies that the rest of the sentence is some routine/habitual action; for that we use the present simple.

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    Re: we were concerned because traditionally when the coach takes/take

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I didn't consider using "takes" because of the use of "were concerned". I thought that because of "were concerned", the next verb should not be in present tense.


    If "traditionally" is omitted, then the verb should be in past tense?
    - We were concerned because when the coach took over a new team.....

    You can create a context where "when the coach took over a new team in the past" works.
    But your choice was not "takes" or "took." It was "takes" or "take."

    You are not being asked to choose between present and past. You are being asked to choose between singular and plural. "Coach" is singular.
    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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