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    Woman cooking in kitchen

    Hi,

    This phrase is a prediction in Google search box. And I am wondering is it correct phrase? Because it has not verb "to be". Also, I would like to know the the parts of speech in this phrase.

    Thank you in advance,

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    #2

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    This sounds more like a photo caption. It not only lacks a verb, it lacks articles.

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    #3

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    What do you mean by that? Do we use this kind of structure somewhere else? Why is it written like that?

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    #4

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    As I said, as written it would be a caption for a photo.

    As a sentence it would be "This is a woman cooking in a kitchen."

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    #5

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    Cooking is certainly a verb. It does sound like a caption.
    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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    #6

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    Quote Originally Posted by white.rose View Post
    What do you mean by that? Do we use this kind of structure somewhere else? Why is it written like that?
    When writing things like headlines and captions, we often omit words like articles and auxiliary verbs to save space and focus on the meaning.

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    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    In the Google search box, when you start typing, it starts to suggest things that other people have searched for which seem to be connected to your search. Even though (on this forum) I write in full sentences, if I'm searching Google I simply use the keywords. If I was looking for a photograph of a woman cooking something in her kitchen, I would go to Google and simply type in "woman cooking kitchen". That's the important information as far as Google is concerned. That is generally how people search in Google. I wouldn't type in "Please show me photographs of a woman cooking in a kitchen".

    As the others have said, photograph captions aren't usually written in full sentences. Underneath such a photo, I would expect to see, at the most "Woman cooking in [her] kitchen", not "This is a picture of a woman cooking in her kitchen".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Dec-2014 at 16:29. Reason: fixing typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    I have a question regarding this sentence: "This is a woman cooking in a kitchen".

    What is the part of speech of
    cooking?

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    #9

    Re: Woman cooking in kitchen

    A present participle modifying a noun.

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    As another member has told you, it is a present participle, for some people feel that it is a shorter way to say: "This is a woman who is cooking in a kitchen."

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