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    #1

    He left a shocked Jake and Adam

    Hello,

    This is a sentence from the article 'Homeless hopeful Robbie Hance walks out of X Factor bootcamp after forgetting his words' published in MailOnLine
    on Novemeber 2, 2013:
    'Placing his microphone on the ground he left a shocked Jake and Adam to finish the song alone and walked past Dermot to make his way out of the building.'
    My question is about the 'a shocked Jake and Adam' part.
    The article 'a' refers to both Jake and Adam, but is it OK to use 'a' this way?
    I can assume that the article 'a' refers to Jake only.
    How can I escape confusion here, and show that both Jake and Adam were shocked?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: He left a shocked Jake and Adam

    Just apply "a shocked" to both of them.

    It would apply to any adjective modifying two nouns. I bought a blue washcloth and towel to match my bathroom. Look at this Mickey Mouse dishcloth and potholder.
    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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