I found four injured men alive.

In this sentence, the adjective "alive" comes after the noun "men".

Why we have to use adjective "alive" after the noun, not before? because in adjective order, adjectives should come before the nouns.


2 Answers 2


I think the structure is

Subject +verb+object+ adjective as objective complement.

I found four injured men alive

it is similar to the structure

He painted the house green

The Jury found him guilty

  • Similarly, “I hope this letter finds you in good health.” Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 23:16

It's a stylized use of "find". You can "find [something] to be [some adjective]". The "to be" is optional.

I found her (to be) perfectly charming

I found the dinner (to be) almost inedible.

I found the movie (to be) exciting but implausible.

In a similar way, in your example sentence, the writer found the injured men to be alive.

  • It could also be used as adjectively, in which case it would precede the noun, as in I found four alive, injured men. Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 11:37
  • @MikeHarris “An alive person” is not correct, because “alive” is postpositive
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 14:49

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