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    Question Role of to?

    What is the "to" role in headline sentence below?

    "Freak weather system to bring heavy snowfall."

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    Re: Role of to?

    In headlines, it means "it will" or "it is expected to."
    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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    #3

    Re: Role of to?

    I already understood the meaning. What i don't understand is "to" rather than is not "to".

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    #4

    Re: Role of to?

    To save space, headlines use economical ways of getting their messages across.

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    Re: Role of to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    What i don't understand is ...
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    Hello, Mr. Schopenhauer:

    You have already received an excellent answer in post #4.

    Since I love newspapers, may I just add a comment?

    If you were walking down the street and saw some newspapers, which headline would do a better job in "grabbing" your attention?

    "A Freak Weather System Will Bring A Heavy Snowfall"

    "Freak Weather System To Bring Heavy Snowfall"

    As you can see, the second headline saves precious space and presents the main idea in a terser manner. In other words, it's more exciting. Maybe you will then decide to buy a copy (and newspapers, especially here in the United States, really need people to buy them!).

    P.S. I know that you just forgot to capitalize the pronoun "I."

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    Re: Role of to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    I already understood the meaning. What i don't understand is "to" rather than is not "to".
    I'm sorry, I don't understand your question at all.
    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: Role of to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm sorry, I don't understand your question at all.
    I mean why is "to" used instead of "will". Your replies are useful information for me. The "to" is used with the purpose to save space in the headline.

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    Re: Role of to?

    There is also the point that 'will' suggests certainty; '(is) to' suggests more of a present plan or expectation.
    Last edited by Piscean; 18-Sep-2015 at 05:54. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: Role of to?

    I would break up "presentplan".

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    Re: Role of to?

    Typo, now fixed.

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