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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?
Pope of the Dictionary.com Forum
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.