"Sie bewegen ihn nach links."
Translation:They are moving him to the left.
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So correct me if I'm wrong, but rather than moving a person to the left could "ihn" be referring to a masculine noun besides just a person? Like it makes sense for you to refer to a dog as ihn, because its masculine, der Hund. But what about if you move der Computer? Can ihn be referring to masculine nouns that aren't people?
I do not understand your comment. When " they are moving him.....", then they are doing it just. When "they move him .....", it is a normal report, for example nurses, who always move a patient to the left in the bed or a patient, sitting in a wheelchair, to the left side of a room.
In English, adverbs can modify targeting prepositions, such as "he went straight towards [the place]. Evidently it's the same in German. See: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/56164/can-an-adverb-modify-a-preposition
It's an unusual phrase unless it is, as asked by another commenter, it is political. In English, the context would be one of giving stage directions. Otherwise, it could easily be an object, though maybe someone can supply the necessary example for now.....der Fernseher, maybe?