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Hi, this is my first participation, and i'm very happy to join you.
My question is about this sentence.
"Air travel paralyzed as volcanic ash cloud lingers"
what i know that we put "is" or "was", "has been" or had been" before the verb "paralyzed".
please tell me why don't some sentences contain that?
which is the correct and which one is the best?
which kind of sentences and tenses is this?
Last edited by Al-saHab; 01-Jun-2010 at 20:55.
Good morning, Al-saHab.
(1) English-language newspapers need to save space. So their headlines
regularly omit words. Native speakers can quickly think of those
missing words, so there is usually no problem.
(2) When you write English, be sure to write all the words.
(3) I think the two headlines I prefer are:
Air Travel (is) paralyzed as (the) volcanic ash cloud lingers
Air Travel (has been) paralyzed as (the) volcanic ash cloud lingers
I would not use "was " or "had been" because the headline says "as
(the) volcanic ash cloud lingerS." "Lingers" = it is still lingering.
Regarding type of sentence of "Air Travel is paralyzed as the volcanic ash
cloud lingers," I think (I'm not 100% sure) that it could be classfied
as a passive sentence in the present tense. That is:
Fears/concerns/warnings paralyze air travel as the volcanic ash cloud
Air travel is paralyzed (by fears/concerns/warnings) as the volcanic ash
Have a nice day!
... I'd add that the tendency to omit the auxiliary verb in newspaper headlines has spread to news reports - when they start a bulletin with 'headlines' for the main stories.