Settle an argument in my office:

Is this a valid sentence?

" The other 6 were rejected because user listed already having an attorney."

The disagreement is that it should say

"The other 6 were rejected because user is listed as already having an attorney."

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  • Both are fine-ish. They just have different meanings. Did user make a list or was user put on a list? – We oath to creation Oct 14 '16 at 19:58
  • @keepthesemind could you please clarify the different meaning between the two sentences? Thanks! – Tedd Johnson Oct 14 '16 at 20:00
  • apologies @keepthesemind I didn't see your edit before I posted! The user listed themselves as already having an attorney. I'm not sure which one that would be. – Tedd Johnson Oct 14 '16 at 20:06
  • Because needs a finite verb, which is missing in the first instance. – deadrat Oct 14 '16 at 20:07
  • @TeddJohnson Well, i) did user provide a list about herself that included the item 'with attorney' or ii) did user (or somebody else) put her on a list of users that have an attorney? – We oath to creation Oct 14 '16 at 20:12

Yes (to the title question), the sentence

User listed already having an attorney.

is valid. However it can only mean

[The] User included on a list already having an attorney.


[The] User placed herself in the category 'already having an attorney'.

See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/list.

That implies that the two alternatives (in the body of the question) have different meanings, because the second alternative means

The other 6 were rejected because [the] user is listed [by us, the company etc.] as already having an attorney.

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