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    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The report seems to be about a new discovery on early evolution of mankind. So the title can be expressed in a complete sentence as:

    A Fossil recently found by scientists sheds light on early evolutionary steps of mankind.
    Why would you want to significantly and unnecessarily change the grammar of the sentence?
    Your sentence is not the full-sentence equivalent of the headline?

    The headline doesn't say the find was made by scientists. In fact, I understand the find was actually made by a boy.
    But the main point is that you cannot change the meaning of the headline.
    Last edited by 2006; 17-Apr-2010 at 05:29.

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    #12

    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Why would you want to significantly and unnecessarily change the grammar of the sentence?
    Your sentence is not the full-sentence equivalent of the headline?
    Yes, it is not meant to be a sentence. It is a headline.


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    #13

    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    No, 'find' is used as as noun which means a discovery, as in 'archeological find'.
    Your idea also sounds good. Hmm.


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    #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    No, you can't say "Fossil Find Sheds Light on 'Early Evolutionary'.

    (The)(This) fossil find sheds light on (the)(man's) early evolutionary steps.

    What would this sentence be if it were a normal sentence?
    I looked up "find" in the dictionary just now, and there's a noun. I had thought find was a verb, but finding was a noun, and so I was very confused.

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    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    No, you can't say "Fossil Find Sheds Light on 'Early Evolutionary'.



    I meant the word 'step' is not a good term to use when you talk about evolution. Evolution is a very gradual process over a long period of time. It is not a step-by-step process. Of course you can't take away 'steps' and leave the two words dangling.
    Yes, evolution is very gradual. But there still are steps, such as moving from mostly living in trees to living on the ground. Of course these steps are taken over very long periods of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Yes, evolution is very gradual. But there still are steps, such as moving from mostly living in trees to living on the ground. Of course these steps are taken over very long periods of time.
    That's true but 'steps' has the connotation of being clear and discrete which, in the case of evolution, is far from it. I prefer words like phases or stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    That's true but 'steps' has the connotation of being clear and discrete which, in the case of evolution, is far from it. I prefer words like phases or stages.
    Yes, steps are clear and discrete. But don't you think that things like using fire and becoming farmers rather than just being hunter-gatherers are discrete changes? It doesn't matter how long those steps take!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Yes, steps are clear and discrete. But don't you think that things like using fire and becoming farmers rather than just being hunter-gatherers are discrete changes? It doesn't matter how long those steps take!
    No, they are not. Again, I can imagine it is a gradual transition from beng hunter-gatherers to farmers. They would be doing all three at the same time to varying extent during the transition stage before one activity got totally replaced by another. What 'step' do you call that then?


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    #19

    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    Newspaper headlines can be particularly difficult to read, as English verbs can easily turn into nouns. You need some getting-used-to.

    I'm going to write the headline with synonyms:

    Fossil Find Sheds Light on 'Early Evolutionary Steps' >

    Fossil Discovery Provides an Explanation for 'Early Evolutionary Steps' OR

    Fossil Discovery Makes 'Early Evolutionary Steps' Easier to Understand.

    I hope it's helped. :)

    Last edited by cashernandes; 17-Apr-2010 at 19:39. Reason: Changing 'Early Evolutionary' to 'Early Evolutionary STEPS', as I hadn't realised it was there; particually" > particularly

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    #20

    Re: What this sensence would be if it was a normal sentence?

    'Early Evolutionary ' is wrong.

    The original title is fine or this:
    Fossil find sheds light on early evolution (theory of early evolution, this is).
    Headlines should be short, remember?

    I don't understand why inverted commas were used 'early evolution steps', though.

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