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AND #1 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:38 am   AND
 

Hello, I came across a sentence in an article.
"The work took thousands of workers and more than three years to complete."
I think " and " doesn't make sense here.
Should it have been " the work took thousands of workers more than three years to complete." ?????????????
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AND #2 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:22 am   AND
 

It's just a badly written sentence.

Your alternative is better, but if the original writer intended to use 'and' he should have written something like:
The project involved thousands of workers and took more than three years to complete.
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AND #3 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2014 15:48 pm   AND
 

Thanks a lot for your reply...
Most colleagues of mine are convinced that the original sentence is correct and nothing wrong. but I still disagree.
So,we cannot say:
The work took thousands of workers to complete the project?
it should be "involved" instead.
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AND #4 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2014 15:49 pm   AND
 

Thanks
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AND #5 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2014 16:34 pm   AND
 

'Involved' doesn't replace 'took'.

'Took' is fine if you'd prefer:
It took thousands of workers to complete the project.
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