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    #1

    a man injured in the truck

    1 There was a man injured in the truck.

    Can't this sentence have three meanings:

    a In the truck, there was an injured man.
    b There was a man who got injured in the truck.
    c There was a man who had been injured in the truck.
    (Consider: In the room, there was a man injured in the truck.=In the room, there was a man who had been injured in the truck.)

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    #2

    Re: a man injured in the truck

    The first two work, but the third doesn't really work for me- maybe more context would fill the gap.

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    #3

    Re: a man injured in the truck

    May the third mean 'There was a man who had been injured in the truck and then recovered'?

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    Re: a man injured in the truck

    Thank you very much Tdol for all your kind replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The first two work, but the third doesn't really work for me- maybe more context would fill the gap.
    I sort of suspected that it wouldn't work, to tell you the truth. I promise I would never use it that way.

    And yet:

    2 There was a man injured in the neck.
    instead of:
    2c There was a man who had been injured in the neck.
    seems to work for me.

    But it is one thing to get injured in the neck and another thing to get injured in the truck!

    My questions are sometimes a pain in the truck!

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    #5

    Re: a man injured in the truck

    I'm sorry, but 'There was a man injured in the truck' doesn't work for me. I would expect that final noun to be either the site of the injury or the occasion of the injury - in the neck, in the interim, in the accident...; when 'injured' is used that way (after its noun) I expect the final adverbial phrase to be about the injury. To me, he's 'an injured man', unless he was injured after he boarded the truck.

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    #6

    Re: a man injured in the truck

    The structure must carry the meaning otherwise ambiguity occurs.

    An injured man is in the truck. - Adj + N + prepositional phrase
    A man was injured (whilst he was) in the truck. - passive form Obj + V + adverbial time clause containing prepositional phrase

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