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    who built columns and girders

    Hi,

    Is "They hired a layman instead of a trained person who built columns and girders in just half time at half price" correct?

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    Re: who built columns and girders

    If I understand your meaning, the "layman" is the person who builds things in half the time and at half price. If that is true, the phrase starting with "instead of" is misplaced and makes the sentence confusing.

    Try "Instead of a trained person, they hired a layman who built columns and girders in just half the time and at half the price."

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    Re: who built columns and girders

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    They hired a layman an amateur instead of a trained/qualified professional person who built builds columns and girders in just half the time and at half the price."
    See above.
    Edit: cross-posted with Mike.

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    Re: who built columns and girders

    We wouldn't normally use "layman" in that context. Perhaps you mean they hired somebody who was nonunion, but not somebody who is untrained.

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