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Quoting Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]>:

> bnathyuw wrote:
> > i imagine the most british
> > rephrasing would be 'the judge ordered the prisoners
> > to be placed in detention'
>
> That, to me, sounds like the prisoners were the ones who received the
> orders, as if the judge said to them "Be placed in detention!"  :-)

Right, although a small change to "ordered the prisoners (be)
placed" would for me have the same truth conditions as the
original sentence (with "be" optional).

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