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    Abbreviated English use in newspaper headlines.

    Here are some Abbreviated English(AE) of written English used in the newspaper headlines:

    CLINTION IN BULGARIA THIS WEEK
    OLD MAN FINDS RARE COIN
    BUSH HIRES WIFE AS SECRETARY
    POPE DIES IN VATICAN

    A. Translate each of these headlines into Standard American English(SAE).

    i wrote:

    Clinton is in Bulgaria this week.
    An old man finds the rare coin.
    Bush hires a wife as his secretary.
    The Pope died in Vatican.

    any mistake?


    C. Are there other contexts(besides headlines) in which we find AE?

    i cannot figure out the answer.


    thank you for your help.

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    Re: Abbreviated English use in newspaper headlines.

    Quote Originally Posted by keitin View Post
    Here are some Abbreviated English(AE) of written English used in the newspaper headlines:

    CLINTION IN BULGARIA THIS WEEK
    OLD MAN FINDS RARE COIN
    BUSH HIRES WIFE AS SECRETARY
    POPE DIES IN VATICAN

    A. Translate each of these headlines into Standard American English(SAE).

    i wrote:

    Clinton is in Bulgaria this week.
    An old man finds the rare coin.
    Bush hires a wife as his secretary.
    The Pope died in Vatican.

    any mistake?


    C. Are there other contexts(besides headlines) in which we find AE?

    i cannot figure out the answer.


    thank you for your help.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Keitin.

    Here are my suggestions:

    Secretary of State Clinton Arrives in Bulgaria This Week

    An Old Man Finds a Rare Coin (If you use "the," that means that he was purposely looking for a specific coin. But in this case, I think he just accidentally found a coin that people later discovered was rare.)

    Former President Bush Hires His Wife as His Secretary. (If you use " a wife," that means that he hired the wife of anyone. I think he probably hired his OWN wife.)


    Have a nice day!
    Last edited by TheParser; 02-Jun-2010 at 11:22.

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    Re: Abbreviated English use in newspaper headlines.

    ...Also The Pope died in the Vatican. 'Vatican' usually has the definite article when it's a noun. When used adjectivally, it can have any article (or none): 'A Vatican official said...';'The Vatican official ...'; 'Vatican officials...'.

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    Re: Abbreviated English use in newspaper headlines.

    You may find similarly short styles in a telegram (if they are still used these days) or in a bulleted list.
    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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    Re: Abbreviated English use in newspaper headlines.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You may find similarly short styles in a telegram (if they are still used these days) ...
    I last sent one in 1971 (I was in Barcelona and Internet cafes/email were things of the future - although maybe there were pockets of 'proto-email' )

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