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'Headlinese' is the very elliptical syntax employed in headlines, captions, titles, signs and labels in order to save space and permit larger characters in display.

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News headline for "local police officer hit by male driver who's a university student on traffic stop"

I want to create a news title for the following sentence: A local police officer hit by a male driver who's a university student on traffic stop What I'm struggle at is how to properly shorten the ...
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What does "citing repeatedly debunked claims" mean in this headline?

What does "citing repeatedly debunked claims" mean in the following phrase? I understand "debunked" means expose the falseness or hollowness of a myth, idea, or belief. And based ...
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Meaning of the headline "Hip-Hop Is the Music of Vinyl Librarians"

I came across this: "Hip-Hop Is the Music of Vinyl Librarians" I'm having trouble parsing this sentence/phrase because there is not enough words for a foreign to make a good assumption of ...
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Why can I write "Please open window" without an article?

"Please open window" is a sign I saw on a London bus. What rule let the author omit an article? It was written right on the window, so I'm wondering why they didn't write "Please open ...
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Is this headline a phrase or a sentence?

This is a news report whose title is " 'Havana syndrome' not caused by foreign adversary, US intelligence says". In my opinion, the title should be categorized as a noun phrase as in a "...
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what is the role of the word "Top" in this text? [closed]

came across this headline from New Yort Times "Obamacare Sign-Ups Top 16 Million for 2023, Setting Another Record" I'm having trouble interpreting "Top" in this. sounds like that ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence. "feared murdered'?

I saw this sentence on the internet. But past verb after past verb, (feared murdered)? I wanna know the meaning of this sentence. How can I translate this sentence?
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Grammar of captions

My question was closed on English Language and Usage. So I am asking it here. Can anybody explain to me the sentence structure of captions. Do captions have to be grammatical? If yes What kind of ...
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Shouldn't there be a ('s) in "University of Texas('s) Basketball Coach"?

I came across this New York Times headline: University of Texas Basketball Coach Faces Felony Domestic Assault Charge Shouldn't there be a ('s) in this construction like, "University of Texas's ...
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Question about English in News title

I know that the English used on a news title sometimes is different than what people usually say. I saw this one today. It says 'xxx passes away'. So, I am wondering why 'passes' but not 'passed'. ...
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The use of the singular form of the verb, "set"

I'm trying to learn the correct use of the singular form of the verb "set" which is obviously "sets". Pls note, I need it for the practical application of constructing news ...
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Tenses used in title

New York woman fights off rabid fox in her front yard, thought she would be 'eaten alive' Source: Yahoo News story by Adam Sabes August 25, 2022 It's the title of that article. I don't understand ...
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Isn't the phrase "minutes show" grammatically weird at the end of this text?

The headline: "Fed officials anticipate 'significant' interest rate hikes until inflation eases, minutes show" from this source. Although I understood what was the link of "minutes show&...
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Using "the" and "a" in title, figure titles, and headings in an academic paper

Is it acceptable to drop "a" and "the" words in the title, figure titles, and headings in an academic paper or on a NEWS website? For example: Instead of writing: "The ...
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What would "Politics Pipeline" be in this text?

I came across this headline on NYTimes: American Idols: Dr. Oz, Trump and the Celebrity to Politics Pipeline I think it is a podcast and a I'm not an experienced English listener. But it kept me ...
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IS the phrase "Gentle Into That Good Night" making a reference to something else in this context?

In this headline: " Gentle Into That Good Night? Not Boris Johnson. The British prime minister may be leaving Downing Street, but few expect him to cede the spotlight, or abandon the prospect of ...
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What does "wield knife" mean?

What does "wield knife" mean? That must be some idiom, but dictionaries are silent on this. I mean, they obviously resigned, but there must be more to it
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Is "are dangerous" and "shown Boris Johnson" correct in this headline from the Daily Mirror?

I cannot understand the "are dangerous" part and neither the "Shown Boris Johnson" part, I think they are incorrect. Kevin Maguire says "the reckless 'I don’t care, rules ...
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can any grammatical rule show what is the right assertion being said here?

in the headline: Giuliani’s Loyalty to Trump Was Born in His Darkest Moment whose darkest moment is the author refering to, Trump's or Giuliani’s? can that be answered just by reading this headline?
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how to understand to which order to read this text?

Headline is: "The streaming platform executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers." My question is should I read it like: 1 - bout of [ ...
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Is "push to" correct in this context?

the headline is: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" to me it is very confusing because the Rangers beat the Penguins, so the Rangers go to game 7 right? but when it says ...
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Is "worsening" an adjective in this ocntext? [closed]

The headline in NY times is: "Why Climate Change Makes It Harder to Fight Fire With Fire Worsening wildfires have led officials to embrace planned fires to thin forests ahead of disaster. But the ...
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Can anybody relate this title with the article?

the title: "Closing Up Shop on a Marriage" the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/style/modern-love-closing-up-shop-on-a-marriage.html My question about this is: the main character ...
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How to omit word from a sentence and keep the gist? [duplicate]

In this headline from New York Times, F.D.A. Advisory Panel to Discuss Ways of Evolving the U.S. Vaccine Strategy I feel a complement before 'to discuss' is needed, like this: F.D.A. Advisory Panel ...
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What is "for" referring to in the headline "For Mr. Cawthorn...youthful brashness...now strikes some voters as recklessness"?

The headline from an article in the NY Times is: For Mr. Cawthorn, a pro-Trump North Carolina congressman, youthful brashness that helped him win his seat now strikes some voters as recklessness.&...
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Can preposition "to" means "with"?

I came across that headline in NYtimes: "Seahawks plan to trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos" is it same as: "Seahawks plan to trade Russell Wilson WITH the Broncos"???
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What is "voting bill"?

the headline is: "Florida senate passes voting bill to create election crimes agency" when I google it it only return voting rights, I don't know if that is the same thing
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is the text describing Tennessee as a state with only small towns?

the headline is: "Incomes are low in small-town Tennessee, but so is the cost of living. That attraction could be a key to reviving many rural areas." I can't figure out if the text is ...
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What is the meaning of "sweat" in this context?

The headline is: "Let’s All Sweat Student Debt" I can't figure it out what Sweat means. seems like it is a verb in the phrase/sentence what is the meaning of "Sweat" is this phrase/...
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Can anybody explain the title of this article?

the title is: "If Everything Is ‘Trauma,’ Is Anything?" the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/opinion/caleb-love-bombing-gaslighting-trauma.html I read throght even with some sort ...
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Can "current" on its own be used as a heading, in the sense 'going on'?

I'm translating a webpage, containing a section with news, upcoming events etc. In the original, this section is headed by a single word meaning 'current'. On other webpages like this one this heading ...
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Interpreting this headline: "Split 7 Ways, Immigrant Neighborhood Seeks to Unify Its Political "

The Headline is: Split 7 Ways, Immigrant Neighborhood Seeks to Unify Its Political Power (source) I can't figure out "Split 7 Ways" is it a reference to something locally known OR a ...
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I saw an article like this, but there is some part I can't understand

I saw an article whose title is the following one. Google hits wall in Korea, says will comply with local rule. Is there an omitted word before says, for example the subject or a conjunction?
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Confusing usage of Taliban as a single entity collective noun

Taliban take key city close to Kabul as U.S. troops arrive to assist evacuations Taliban advances in Afghanistan, U.S. and Britain to evacuate embassies They are titles of Reuters' news. I can't ...
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Why is "to" used in "climate scientists TO issue stark warning"? [duplicate]

World’s climate scientists to issue stark warning over global heating threat In this sentence why there is “to” before verb “issue”? Is there any grammatical rule about this usage of “to” ?
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Omitting articles in headlines and captions

As far as I know, when the space for the text is limited (for example, in case of a newspaper headline), some articles can be omitted. What I'm trying to understand is which articles should and which ...
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what is the meaning of the phrase 'vaccine effort' [closed]

'Biden Seeks to Revive Vaccine Effort With New Rules and Incentives' - what is the meaning of the phrase 'vaccine effort' in this sentence3?
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Meaning of "as the Bucks fall to the Suns" [closed]

the headline is: A star’s return is not enough as the Bucks fall to the Suns (nytimes.com) I can't seem to be able of interpret the Bucks fall to the Suns part
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Question over 'Russia warned of 'consequences' if Navalny dies.'

I read BBC news today, and this title 'Russia warned of 'consequences' if Navalny dies.' made me confused. The news says the U.S warned Russia of 'consequences' if Navalny dies. My question is why the ...
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How to eliminate ambiguity of "Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway."?

Background Cited from p. 12 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin. Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway Ambiguities in newspaper headlines—which are generally ...
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Is it correct to say, "This is 1,000 people"?

An infographic in a BBC article reads, "What does 500,000 people look like?" followed by, "This is 1,000 people," instead of "These are 1,000 people." I can see that it ...
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missing words in news article headlines

I'm reading some papers and there is some gramatical construction in the heads I'm not completely sure about the meaning. For example: SpaceX To Try Launch Tower Catch For Super Heavy U.S. to ...
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Meaning of 'cost'

The following sentence is the headline of the Washington Post. The same nuclear fears Pelosi has about Trump cost an Air Force major his job in 1973 I know the usual meanings of cost as a noun and a ...
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Why the verb 'are' is missing in the following sentence: Face Masks Mandatory in All Public Spaces

Why the verb 'are' is missing in this news headline: Face Masks Mandatory in All Public Spaces. Why it is not something like: 'Face Masks Are Mandatory in All Public Spaces'. I checked by using ...
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How can I understand “to” in this sentence?

I saw the title of article on the internet Amazon to buy self-driving technology company Zoox I can roughly understand what this sentence means, but I want to know what’s exact meaning of “to” in ...
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"first private company"

SpaceX becomes first private company to launch humans into orbit. Source Is it correct to use "the first" or "a first" here?What's the difference among them if so?
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Meaning of "to stay in hospital" in a headline vs. "will remain hospitalized" in the lead [duplicate]

First, in the present and then in the future. Why? it's from a newspaper The title is in the present tense. I don't understand why: Taylor to stay in hospital The actress, Elizabeth Taylor, ...
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"in car" which doesn't have any article

Golden Retriever puppy dozes off in car after exhausting day out I know "in car" should be "in a car" or "in the car" in the above sentence. It's the title of a public media. Is it correct to use "...
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Meaning of “In Final Break”

Trump Fires John Bolton In Final Break After Months Of Internal Policy Division —NPR, September 10, 2019 What does "in Final Break" mean here?
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What does this title mean?

EU slaps down Tory leadership rivals over renegotiation remarks as Boris Johnson inches closer to Number 10 What is "rivals over", "mark", and "inches closer to Number 10"?
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