Can you please let me know which sentence is correct?

Supreme Court concerns on India sex ratio.


Supreme Court concern on India sex ratio.

As I have watched in news that they have not appended "s" to verb, however I thought that it is required as it is in Simple present tense.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • I think this question may be off-topic because it seeks to analyse the (non-existent) "grammar" of newspaper headlines. Jan 21, 2015 at 14:44

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Supreme Court concern on India sex ratio

The above sentence is correct.

This is because in this case the word concern is being used as a noun. This is probably done to shorten the sentence for use as a headline.

If the same were to be used as a verb, the sentence would sound like:

The Supreme Court concerns itself with India's sex ratio.


As CopperKettle has suggested, a better usage of the word 'concern' as a verb in this context would be:

The Supreme Court is concerned with India's sex ratio.

  • +1, but "concerns itself with" is a bit unidiomatic for the purpose. It's usually "is concerned about" Jan 21, 2015 at 6:12
  • I'm trying to use the same word the OP has in order to demonstrate the difference. But, the usage you have suggested indeed sounds better.
    – akashg
    Jan 21, 2015 at 6:15
  • Thanks both of you.... then "The Supreme Court is concerned with India's sex ratio" is in Passive voice right or in active only. Please let me know
    – Charmi Sapariya
    Jan 21, 2015 at 6:42
  • Both are active.
    – akashg
    Jan 21, 2015 at 9:13
  • The fact whether 'concern' can be used in the passive voice is a question in itself.
    – akashg
    Jan 21, 2015 at 9:20

Rather than conjecture whether your examples are headlines, let me just say that neither one is a sentence. Period. So one cannot determine what wording would be better.

Neither is even close to being correct grammatically, so it cannot be parsed for semantics.

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