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My sentence looks something like this:

Immediately after the task was complete an interview took place.

I'm trying to think of a good alternative to took place. So far all I can think of is happened and occurred, but they don't fit very well.

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Did you check a thesaurus for happened or occurred? Also, we don't know what you want special about the replacement, so all we would be doing is repeating thesaurus entries to you anyway. –  Mitch Apr 25 '12 at 15:03
    
@Mitch yes I've checked both words and I haven't found anything particularly suitable. I feel like more than one word may be necessary to convey what I am trying to say. –  Alex Apr 25 '12 at 15:05
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Forget everything about what you've heard about not using the passive voice (this is good advice anyway). This is a situation which seems to require the passive. How about "... an interview was conducted". –  Peter Shor Apr 25 '12 at 15:08
    
@Mitch the replacement does not need to be special, I have simply used took place in the preceding sentence, so I'm looking for an alternative. IMO the two alternatives I've suggested do not read well. –  Alex Apr 25 '12 at 15:10
    
@PeterShor that's perfect, thank you. Add that as an answer and I'll accept it. –  Alex Apr 25 '12 at 15:12

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Forget everything about what you've heard about not using the passive voice (this is good advice anyway). This is a situation which seems to require the passive. How about "... an interview was conducted" (or maybe held)?

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How about ensued?

Immediately after the task was complete an interview ensued.

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Turning the sentence around works:

Subjects were interviewed immediately after completing the task.

or

Subjects were interviewed immediately upon task completion.

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Immediately after the task was complete there was an interview.

or

X was interviewed as soon as zie had finished the task.

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Possible answers:

  • Immediately after the task was complete an interview followed.
  • Immediately after the task was complete an interview turned up.
  • Immediately after the task was complete an interview was conducted.
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