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    Default Air travel paralyzed?!!!


    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?

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    Default Re: Air travel paralyzed?!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Al-saHab View Post

    Hi, this im 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"
    This is not a sentence. It's a news headline. These are not written in sentences. You might find the same thing happens in your language.

    what i know that we put "is" or "was", "has been" or had been" before the verb "paralyzed".
    You would in a proper sentence.

    Waiting you.

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    Default Re: Air travel paralyzed?!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Al-saHab View Post
    Hi, this im 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?

    Waiting you.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    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

    lingers =

    Air travel is paralyzed (by fears/concerns/warnings) as the volcanic ash

    cloud lingers.

    Have a nice day!

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    Default Re: Air travel paralyzed?!!!

    ... 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.

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