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I just read the following number 1 sentence in newspaper, but I think that it should have been written either like number 2 or 3. Can any one please explain to me why they wrote it that way????

1- Two people shot in the city 2 hours apart. ( I read this in a news paper)

2- Two people were shot in the city 2 hours apart.

3- Two people got shot in the city 2hours apart.

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    The subject of headlinese comes up very often in these forums. To save space, newspaper headlines very often omit words that the reader is expected to supply for him- or herself. – Kate Bunting Apr 29 at 13:19
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    agree - likely a headline (or picture caption). Also, (no offence meant) it's read not red (the colour) – michael Apr 29 at 13:21
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    yes, 1 is wrong in normal speech, 2 is good, and 3 uses slang (got) – michael Apr 29 at 17:45
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    @Mohamedkz just to be clear, English-language newspapers use this style to write their headlines as a matter of practice, as Kate Bunting said. So the newspaper doesn't have a mistake that needs to be corrected. There is a mistake to be corrected if Sentence 1 is used outside of a newspaper headline. – RuslanD Apr 30 at 4:59
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    (1) used as a normal sentence could be ambiguous ('two people shot' could mean that they fired the shots) - see the section Crash blossoms in the Wikipedia article. Regular readers of newspapers become used to interpreting the language of headlines. (BTW, @michael, 'got shot' is informal language rather than slang.) – Kate Bunting Apr 30 at 8:50

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