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    They have them categorized by difficulty

    Hi. I have read a sentence written by a native english speaker that is "They have them categorized by difficulty". I would have written "They have categorized them by difficulty". Can you help me understand why. Thank you.

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    Re: They have them categorized by difficulty

    I am not a teacher.

    The two sentences mean the same thing, but I see the following difference:

    'They have them categorized by difficulty' puts the emphasis on how they are categorized.

    'They have categorized them by difficulty' puts the emphasis on what they have done.

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    Re: They have them categorized by difficulty

    It sounds to me as if the categorization has pinned them down and restricted them in some way by using this word order.

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