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I came across this title: EU on brink: Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders France leaves EU.

I'm wondering whether it is a matter of sloppiness or simply I'm wrong. My ear would have wished it to have been:

Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders France to leave EU

Please let me know the reason that they published the title as such.

  • News article titles are notorious for weird grammar and skipping over words. You are right in your edit, but I also wouldn't have been surprised if the headline read "Macron Squirms, Trump Orders France Leave EU" (I think they might have chosen leaves because France is singular?) – katatahito Jun 13 at 7:28
  • It's just news articles trying to save space for headlines - you have the correct meaning. – Smock Jun 13 at 10:51
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The title makes sense if you imagine they skipped "that" before France:

Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders that France leaves EU.

Another example:

The court ordered that he leaves Antigua on Thursday. (Jamaica Observer)

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