The following sentence was written twice in our textbook, once with an infinitive and another with a P.P.

They had ten students moved into a house with a mobile phone mast in the garden.

They had ten students move into a house with a mobile phone mast in the garden.

I do understand that the first sentence with the P.P means that they were moved by someone, but does the second imply that 'move' there is used an intranstive verb? 

The sentence is from New Hello, Third Secondary, Longman 2018, Egypt.

 

I appreciate your help.

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Rasha Assem posted:

They had ten students moved into a house with a mobile phone mast in the garden.

They had ten students move into a house with a mobile phone mast in the garden.

I do understand that the first sentence with the P.P means that they were moved by someone, but does the second imply that 'move' there is used an intranstive verb?

Hello, Rasha,

There are at least two interpretations possible for each sentence. The first ("had them moved") can mean either that they caused them to be moved (by others) into such a house or that they achieved the end result of moving them there.

The second sentence ("had them move") can mean either that they asked or required them to move into such a house or that they experienced students' moving into such a house. Context alone can decide between the interpretations.

On the first interpretation of the first sentence, the meaning is passive and thus "moved" is transitive. On the second interpretation of the first sentence, "moved" is neither transitive or intransitive. It is an adjectival participle.

On both interpretations of the second sentence, "moved" is intransitive.

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