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    adjectives

    Which are correct

    1-In the room, there were three people dead and two people injured.
    2-In the room, there were three people dead.
    3-In the room, there was John dead and Sally injured.
    4-In the room, there was John dead.
    5-In the room, there was John, dead.

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    Re: adjectives

    I don't think much of the fronted prepositional phrases, Navi, but--

    (3) Should have a plural verb and could also have commas setting off the adjectives. All the others are workable sentences.

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    Re: adjectives

    Thanks a lot Mr. Micawber,

    It seems to me that in:
    1-In the room, there were three people dead and two people injured.
    the two people have already been injured and are in an "injured state". However I don't think that one could say:
    2-In the room, there were two people injured.
    if the two people have ALREADY been injured. It seems to me that 2 could only mean that two people GOT injured in the room. Otherwise, one would have to say: In the room, there were two injured people.

    Am I correct, or could 2 have both meanings (they got injured and they were already injured)?

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    Re: adjectives

    With 'there were' I don't see the 'got hurt' meaning.

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    Re: adjectives

    I could read it both ways, Navi, but remember that the sentence is isolated; context or punctuation would tell us more:

    'In the room, there were two people injured when the suicide bomber blew himself up outside.'
    'In the room this morning, there were two people injured when the suicide bomber blew himself up last week.'

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    Re: adjectives

    Thanks Tdol and Mr. Micawber,
    The second example is interesting. To me it seems that it is possible that the two people aren't in a "injured state" any more. They got injured last week and have recovered since then.

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    Re: adjectives

    That could well be:
    'In the room this morning, there were two people (who had been) injured when the suicide bomber blew himself up last week.'

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