I saw this headline in a newspaper: "Biden says he's anxious to see what Republicans do in impeachment trial".

Could you say is that some sort of "headlinese" or it just a correct form of the sentence?

I mean that this sentence should be written as a reported speech like "Biden said ..." and so on.

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    Yes, reported speech. Add "in the impeachment trial," to change it from headlinese. Feb 12, 2021 at 18:20
  • Thanks for the quick replay. I meant, is that correct to use the present simple in the reported speech? Is it correct to use such a form of the sentence in the real life? Or we should use something like "Biden said ..."? Feb 12, 2021 at 18:24
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    It's more like the historical present, in that no one cares what was once said. Imagine that Biden says X at noon, and the news broadcasts it at 12:01. He said it at noon, but they will announce it as "says X." It's understandable that way. Not just speech, but actions, too. Man lands on moon. Congress votes No. Snow falls on much of the Urals. Feb 12, 2021 at 18:28
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    Thanks a lot @YosefBaskin! Really, it looks like the "historical present tense". The definition that I found describes it as "Speakers use this form because it makes the story sound more immediate, more exciting, and less formal." Probably, newspaper headliners like use this tense too. learningenglish.voanews.com/a/… Feb 12, 2021 at 18:39


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