I am confused about this headline:

Response to We the People Petition on the Protests in Hong Kong

It's the title of an official White House response to a We The People petition titled "Support Hong Kong Democracy and Prevent A Second Tiananmen Massacre in Hong Kong".

Is "on" a little weird? So, it is a "petition on something", not a "petition about something". Does that mean I should write "a request on something", not "a request about something" too?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the grammar of headlines - an ill-defined concept which has little or nothing to do with standard English grammar. Oct 3, 2014 at 17:10
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    I think it should remain open - it's non-standard, but news and press releases are important texts for non-native speakers to be able to understand and I think would be a common source of questions.
    – ColleenV
    Oct 3, 2014 at 19:02
  • The simplifications common in title writing are not the topic of this question. If you wrote the title "properly", you might get "Our Response to the We the People Petition on the Protests in Hong Kong." but the question regarding "on" would still be valid.
    – user3169
    Oct 4, 2014 at 17:00
  • meatie, I'll vote to reopen this question, but in the future please supply complete examples when you ask questions. It can be difficult to understand partial examples. Additional context is helpful, too, if you have any to provide.
    – user230
    Oct 8, 2014 at 0:52

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Using on is OK. It is like saying:

Response to We the People Petition regarding/concerning the Protests in Hong Kong.

See the definition on sense 17.


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