1) We have a man injured.

2) We have an injured man.

What is the difference in the meanings?

 

3) There was a man injured, lying on the balcony.

4) There was an injured man, lying on the balcony.

What is the difference in the meanings?

 

Gratefully,

Navi

 

 

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Hello, Navi,

More than difference in meaning, I'd speak about difference in usage.

I find (1) and (2) to be similar in meaning, but I'd use (1) within a context of a list of damages:

1') We have a (more probably one) man injured, two women dead, and three children in shock.

There is a slight difference in emphasis: in a man injured the emphasis falls on injured, while in an injured man we are speaking about a man (emphasis on that noun) who happens to be injured (secondary information).

As regards (3) and (4), I think (4) is more likely to occur, for the reasons mentioned above and also because I don't like the proximity of the two participles, the past participle injured and the present participle lying, in (3). I think we could, or even should eliminate the comma in (4).

Merry Christmas!

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