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    three strange sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the grammatical correctness of the following sentences I heard yesterday by TV?

    Obama (!) no socialist but wants to save the capitalist system.

    U.S. (!) under epedimic of police brutality and murder. (where is the verb?)

    Symbolism of black man in power (!) an insult to poor America. (where is the verb?)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: three strange sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the grammatical correctness of the following sentences I heard yesterday by TV?

    Obama (!) no socialist but wants to save the capitalist system.

    U.S. (!) under epedimic of police brutality and murder. (where is the verb?)

    Symbolism of black man in power (!) an insult to poor America. (where is the verb?)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

    It seems to me that the TV reporter or newscaster was speaking in "newspaper-headline " speech.

    You will have noticed that the grammar in headlines is rarely correct. That's because they're trying for maximum awareness in minimum space.

    "News at Ten" on the TV in the UK uses this type of speech when it starts.
    We hear the chimes of Big Ben tolling the hour and we get.......

    Bong!

    " Prime Minister Brown angry over expenses scandal!"

    Bong!

    "Seven killed in train crash!"

    Bong!

    "Cenotaph graffiti an insult to war dead!"

    and so on.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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