Verb Problem

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With the typical determination of Singapore, the momentum was set rolling for the Singapore Airshow. It was a natural that Jimmy, who was at the helm of Asian Aerospace all this time, takes over the reins of the new show. The challenge was that the next show would take off in 2008.

 

In the statement above, what is the correct form of verb to use "take", "takes" or "took"?

 

I think it is present tense in the singular form "takes"

I was told "take" is correct.

Using Ms Word Spell Check, there are no error noted using all the three intances, take, takes, took.

Please advise.

asked Feb 03 '12 at 05:55 Steven Chua New member

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I disagree.  Your subject is followed by a verb in the past tense (was), therefore I think it should either be was...took or is...takes.

 

It is natural that Jimmy, who is at the helm of Asian Aerospace at this time, take over the reins of the new show.

 

It was a natural that Jimmy, who was at the helm of Asian Aerospace all this time, took over the reins of the new show.

 

I'm not sure about the next sentence, since it seems correct to me, as it is written. 

link comment answered Feb 03 '12 at 14:33 Steven List Contributor
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I'd change the whole flow of the sentence. To me, it seems more like conversational writing rather than formal writing.

 

Try this: "It was natural for Jimmy, who was at the helm of Asian Aerospace all this time, to take over the reins of the new show."

 

EDIT: I may have changed the entire meaning of the sentence. Is this a narrative or a recommendation?

link comment edited Feb 03 '12 at 15:52 Dat Lam New member
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Independent of your original question, I think that your use of the word momentum as the subject of a clause is inappropriate. Momentum describes an attribute of something in motion. The project can have momentum, and the momentum can increase, but I don't think you can have momentum start rolling.
link comment answered Feb 04 '12 at 17:31 Steven List Contributor
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Yeah, "take" is fine.

link comment answered Feb 03 '12 at 13:25 Anna New member

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