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"Those,who killed in the accident, were residents of our area"

Is above sentence construction is correct? is it in Active voice? Is World killed is as adjective?

If I Construct below sentence can it be correct? Is it in Passive voice ?

a) "Those who were killed in the accident were residents of our area"

b) "Man who are killed in Georgia sentenced for decade-old Delaware murder."

I found these kind of constructions in news paper:

Three members of tourist family killed in accident

(thenews.com.pk)

  • Of the three sentences, only the one marked a) is correct. The others are not grammatical. Could you please add more detail explaining why this grammar is confusing to you? That would help us write a better answer. – Andrew Nov 20 '18 at 16:26
  • I found these kind of construction s in news paper – user4084 Nov 20 '18 at 16:42
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    @Andrew: Example #1 isn't actually "incorrect" - it's just "unlikely". Consider Those who killed (the enemy) in WW2 were not murderers, they were simply soldiers following orders. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 20 '18 at 16:44
  • thenews.com.pk/archive/print/… – user4084 Nov 20 '18 at 16:45
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    Headlines often lack essential words: "Three members of [a] tourist family [were] killed in [an] accident." You can consider headlinese to use a grammar that's quite different from plain English. – Gary Botnovcan Nov 20 '18 at 17:20
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"Those,who killed in the accident, were residents of our area"

Q. Is above sentence construction is correct?

A. No. It should be either:

Those who were killed in the accident were residents of our area.
or
Those killed in the accident were residents of our area.

I believe these would be examples of passive voice, as active voice is characterised by the subject carrying out the verb. That is not present in this sentence.

You also asked about newspaper headlines and gave this example:

"Three members of tourist family killed in accident"

Newspaper headlines often omit words for sake of space and are not the best examples for someone learning English as a second language. News headlines have a set of rules all of their own. The example you give is typical and makes sense to me, but if it were written grammatically it would likely say:

Three members of a tourist family have been killed in an accident.

If you read the article beneath the headline you will find that it almost certainly expands on the headline in a proper grammatical way.

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  • "Those killed in the accident were residents of our area." Is passive voice or active voice? – user4084 Nov 21 '18 at 10:18
  • @user4084 I believe these would be examples of passive voice, as active voice is characterised by the subject carrying out the verb. That is not present in this sentence. – Astralbee Nov 21 '18 at 10:28
  • Thanks, to conclude, omission or inclusion of Is and was does not make any difference in actual meaning. – user4084 Nov 21 '18 at 11:14
  • Is Killed is used as an adjective? – user4084 Nov 21 '18 at 11:15
  • Regarding "Those killed in the accident were residents of our area", the only finite clause is copular and voiceless. The "were" is a form of the verb to be, which does not have any transitivity. However, the participle "killed" is a form of the transitive verb to kill. It does have a voice, and the so-called past participle exhibits a passive voice. "Killed" isn't technically an adjective, but it does take an adjectival role here, forming a phrase that directly modifies the demonstrative pronoun "those". So, not quite used as and adjective, but used like an adjective. – Gary Botnovcan Nov 21 '18 at 18:57

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