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    Default 'die' is used as an adjective?

    I have looked up with some dictionaries and couldn't find any says that 'die' is an adjective but I saw this sentence on CNN tv channel, that 'die' is used as an adjective : 'Parents to be die in a car accident' ?

    Is that an idiom or simply a kind of speaking or informal English?
    I think 'dead' should be used instead.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    It's a mistake- rolling news is produced at speed, so language errors get through. It's such a mess that it's hard to see what they wanted to say without the context of the article.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    And a verb can behave adjectivally; for example in ''kill order' or 'go command' or 'launch routine' the verb is used in each case to say what sort of order/command/routine it is. But it seems to me that 'die' is an unlikely candidate for this sort of treatment (except maybe in a war comic )

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    Parents-to-be (Pregnant woman and partner) die (verb) ...

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Parents-to-be (Pregnant woman and partner) die (verb) ...
    Wow, I think this is what they want to mean, but I'm sure that there are no dashes connecting 3 words "Parents to be" from that news report. Thank you, if so 'die' in this case is actually used as a verb.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    That's what they meant, and 'die' is a verb. As Tdol said, rolling news is produced at speed. Some of the errors are laughable.

    'Parents to be arrested'. Are some parents expected to be arrested, or have some prospective parents been arrested? Nobody knows.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Parents-to-be (Pregnant woman and partner) die (verb) ...
    What a difference a hyphen makes.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    The hyphens make all the difference and dig out a meaning I hadn't seen.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    I was chuffed to bits that I worked out the hyphens were missing in order to work out the meaning and then saw I'd been beaten to it. I need to be quicker off the mark.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: 'die' is used as an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I was chuffed to bits
    Another new one for me!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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