Is "to lead" OK?


After the death of Moses, Joshua took command to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.

asked Apr 11 '13 at 17:34 Susan New member

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Your sentence is grammatically correct ... but from the standpoint of style, "took command to lead" is wordy. A much better, and more concise, sentence would be to simply say:


After the death of Moses, Joshua led the Israelities into the Promised Land.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Apr 11 '13 at 19:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Jeff is correct, but let me add some slight of hand here. Whenever you use the phrase "to do something" it makes the sentence less dynamic.  Instead, you can often make the phrase into a sentence of its own using an active verb.

After the death of Moses, Joshua took command of the Israelites. He led them into the promised land.

link comment answered Apr 12 '13 at 02:39 S.R. Sackinger New member

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