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Let's say you are giving instruction to a person who is trying to locate his friend's house. And you say:

Go down this xxx street, then turn left onto the third street, and its just sits around the second or third house after you took the left turn

Or

Go down this xxx street, then turn left onto the third street, and its just sits around the second or third house after you take the left turn

Which is correct? Took or take

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    Unrelated to your question, but if "xxx" is a placeholder for a street name, you should know that you should not use "this" in front of a named street. It's just, "Go down Main Street...." If you want to emphasize that Main Street is the same street that you're standing on right now, you either use a hand gesture, or you say something like, "Go down Main Street right here...." – Canadian Yankee Apr 12 '18 at 13:32
  • Oh I see, thx, very helpful. – John Arvin Apr 12 '18 at 17:09
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Take would be correct.

took is the past tense of take. In the example you gave in your question, you're speaking in the future tense - "You will do this, after you do that,", not "You did this after you did that."

"took" would be appropriate if you were explaining what you did in the past - "After I went down Main Street, I took a left onto Snake Oil Avenue." Since that happened in the past, you use past tense.
But when you're giving directions for someone to do in the future, you use future tense. "After you go down Main Street, you will take a left onto Snake Oil Avenue."

"took" is for when it happened in the past, "take" is for when it will happen in the future.

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