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    Present tense

    Rahul Gandhi bunks the budget session of parliament.

    I understand the above sentence is present tense. But the context in which the above line has been used is that Rahul Gandhi was not present in today's budget session.

    Can we write in the above way? or we should write Rahul Gandhi bunked the budget session of parliament.


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    Re: Present tense

    The above sentence is a news headline, in which the present tense is commonly used for immediacy.

    The past tense or present perfect will be used in the report — as you correctly surmised.

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    Please note that a better title would have been Rahul Gandhi bunks the budget session.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Present tense

    Does it mean that English rules gets changed for news headlines?

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    Re: Present tense

    To save space, news headlines typically omit articles and change tenses.

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    Re: Present tense

    What is "bunk" supposed to mean here?

    I am only familiar with "debunk," meaning to expose nonsense. And "bunk" in the sense of sleeping somewhere.

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    Re: Present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Does it mean that English rules get changed for news headlines?

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

    Here are some examples from a very popular book.*


    HOLIDAY HOTEL DEATH. (My note: This could be short for something like: "A man dies in a hotel while he is on holiday." As you can see, such a headline would be too long. The three-word headline saves space and is, of course, more exciting!)

    WOMAN WALKS ON MOON. (My note: Maybe it means something like: A woman walks on the moon.")

    BLIND WOMAN CLIMBS EVEREST. (The book says that "climbs" is short for "has climbed." My note: Maybe the complete sentence is something like: A blind woman has climbed Mt. Everest.)

    James

    * Michael Swan's Practical English Usage.
    Last edited by TheParser; 24-Feb-2015 at 14:46. Reason: Technical problems. I'm computer illiterate.

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    Re: Present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    What is "bunk" supposed to mean here?
    '...fails to attend'.

    verb
    2.(usually followed by off) to play truant from (school, work, etc)
    (Dictionary.com)

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