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    Election Commission told to be vigilant

    I have read this sentence in Newspaper "Election Commission told to be vigilant". I know it is a passive tense, but shouldn't it be like this " Election Commission was told to be Vigilant". Because we use "WAS" for Past Indefinite passive tenses . Can anyone clarify me this ?

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    It's natural and normal if it's a headline.

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Quote Originally Posted by dj_dipuu View Post
    I have read this sentence in Newspaper "Election Commission told to be vigilant". I know it is a passive tense, but shouldn't it be like this " Election Commission was told to be Vigilant". Because we use "WAS" for Past Indefinite passive tenses . Can anyone clarify me this ?
    It is to save the space.


    for eg,

    Raja arrested.


    Manmohan singh honored.

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    It is to save the space.


    For eg example, "Raja arrested".


    Manmohan singh honored. (I have no idea what this means)
    emsr2d2

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Emsrs2d2 is honored by her students.


    Emsrs2d2 honored.(By her students)

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    Smile Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Thanks ! for ur help. But in format English it is incorrect. Right ?

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Quote Originally Posted by dj_dipuu View Post
    Thanks ! for your help. But in formatl English it is incorrect. Right ?
    I'd say 'inappropriate' rather than 'incorrect'.

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    Quote Originally Posted by dj_dipuu View Post
    Thanks ! for ur help. But in format English it is incorrect. Right ?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I most respectfully suggest that the point to remember is:

    "Election Commission told to be vigilant" is excellent English for

    newspaper headlines.

    But people would think that you were weird if you went around speaking

    like that.

    For example, "The teacher being ill, the students went home" is excellent for

    elegant writing, but in speech we would say something like: "Because the

    teacher was ill, the students went home."

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    Re: Election Commission told to be vigilant

    And the headline would be "Teacher Ill, Students Left"
    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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