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    Question Meaning of one sentence

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    I'm reading in The Independent' a story about a boy who was rescued, but I don't understand the grammar construction of this title:

    'Police to investigate whether family staged balloon boy's disappearance' it is not better to writte instead of 'to investigate' is investigating'.

    Thanks for your replies.

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    Re: Meaning of one sentence

    Hello The French


    'Police to investigate whether family staged balloon boy's disappearance' it is not better to writte instead of 'to investigate' is investigating'.
    It's telegraphic speech, right? In other words, Police [are going] to investigate / will be investigating ...

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    Re: Meaning of one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello,

    I'm reading in The Independent' a story about a boy who was rescued, but I don't understand the grammar construction of this title:

    'Police to investigate whether family staged balloon boy's disappearance' it is not better to writte instead of 'to investigate' is investigating'.

    Thanks for your replies.
    It is newspaper headline speak for "(The) police (are) to investigate..." which means that the police are going to investigate, they haven't started investigating yet.

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    Re: Meaning of one sentence

    Hi, Mr.Soup,

    Thanks for your fast reply, but what do you call 'telegraphic speech'.

    See you soon.

    The French

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    Re: Meaning of one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi, Mr. Soup,

    Thanks for your fast reply, but what do you call 'telegraphic speech'.

    See you soon.

    The French
    You're most welcome.

    See page 458 here.

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