Below is a title of a youtube video.

AUDITIONS GONE WRONG Angry Contestants & More | Idols Global

The word I am suspicious about in the title is GONE.

I know there are many expressions like "something has gone wrong", which is correct. But this is not in a passive form. "GONE" in the title of the video seems to have a passive quality, so I wonder whether the title is correct. I think it should be modified into as below.

AUDITIONS HAVING GONE WRONG Angry Contestants & More | Idols Global

Thank you very much.

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    You could think of the headline as using a kind of whiz-deletion: Auditions which have gone wrong. "Auditions having gone wrong" doesn't make sense.
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 14:45

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"Auditions gone wrong" is a perfectly acceptable shortening of "Auditions that have gone wrong," which is the meaning used here. News headlines and video titles often use shorter versions like this to make things brief and memorable.

"Auditions having gone wrong" is awkward and not really how a native speaker would construct this title even if they didn't want to shorten it. A native English speaker would instead prefer to use a relative clause like "that have gone wrong" in a context like this. "Having gone wrong" would be more appropriate in a context like "Having gone wrong, the auditions were cancelled early," though it's still a bit less than ideal even there.

  • Actually they are more likely to say Auditions that went badly than Auditions that have gone wrong.
    – T54
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 15:37
  • @T54 I don't really agree there (I'd be more likely to say the latter or Auditions that went wrong myself), but regardless, it's the same grammatical construction - my point is more that they're more likely to use a relative clause in this context than a participle phrase.
    – Sparksbet
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 15:41
  • Yeah your right it doesn't really matter. TBH I was really just thinking out loud.
    – T54
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 16:43

Yes this is correct. The phrase


is perfectly acceptable (correct) within the English language, in the context of a click bait video.

Furthermore the title does not need to be modified but should the content creator which to change the title to

AUDITIONS HAVING GONE WRONG Angry Contestants & More | Idols Global

It would still be correct as it is a matter of personal opinion.

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