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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    Default the injured Jeff

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I met Jeff, who was injured, in Texas.

    2-I met the injured Jeff in Texas.
    3-I met injured Jeff in Texas.
    4-I met an injured Jeff in Texas.

    I think their are all correct.
    1 seems the most natural and neutral.

    2 and 3 seem to imply that the fact that Jeff had been injured was known to the listener. I think they put special emphasis on the fact that he was injured. I did not meet Jeff as he normally is. I met injured Jeff.

    3 seems to imply that the fact that Jeff was injured was somewhat surprising.

    The nuances are probably hard to pin down.

    Am I correct?

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    Default Re: the injured Jeff

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I met Jeff, who was injured, in Texas.

    2-I met the injured Jeff in Texas.
    3-I met injured Jeff in Texas.
    4-I met an injured Jeff in Texas.

    I think their are all correct.
    1 seems the most natural and neutral.

    2 and 3 seem to imply that the fact that Jeff had been injured was known to the listener. I think they put special emphasis on the fact that he was injured. I did not meet Jeff as he normally is. I met injured Jeff.

    3 seems to imply that the fact that Jeff was injured was somewhat surprising.

    The nuances are probably hard to pin down.

    Am I correct?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Assuming that Jeff is a person, it would be very unusual to use "the injured Jeff", "injured Jeff", or "an injured Jeff".

    In your first, Jeff was injured, but not injured in Texas.
    Without the second comma, he was injured in Texas.

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    Default Re: the injured Jeff

    We do use articles before people to show that they are in a particular state/frame of mind.
    It was an elated Mark who told us Elena had agreed to be his wife.
    I was relieved that it was a jovial Mary who came down to breakfast, not the sulky Mary who went to bed the night before.

    I can see it working with the "an injured Jeff" -- I talked with an injured Jeff, who still didn't understand why Toni had left him.
    But none of your an/the sentences seemed to work well. And the one without the article doesn't work at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: the injured Jeff

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In your first, Jeff was injured, but not injured in Texas.
    We don't know where he was injured, so I think it could have been in Texas, though more likely not.

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