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    past participle after a noun phrase

    Hi

    'A major explosion and fire swept through a temple due to a fireworks display gone wrong.'

    Is the above sentence grammatically correct with regard to the usage of 'gone wrong' after a noun phrase?

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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    It would be better as "which went wrong". Was this a newspaper headline?
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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    Yes, it's fine.
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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It would be better as "which went wrong". Was this a newspaper headline?
    Yes, it is a news portal headline. Even then, is it OK to use non-grammatical forms in news headlines?

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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by vpkannan View Post
    Yes, it is a news portal headline. Even then, is it OK to use non-grammatical forms in news headlines?
    News organizations sometimes relax some rules of grammar in headlines. However, your sentence is not an example of the practice. It contains no grammatical errors.
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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    NOT A TEACHER

    I think that maybe your sentence is an ellipsis [missing words] of "A major explosion swept through a temple due to a fireworks display [that had] gone wrong."

    P.S. A few (very few!) teachers might even prefer "because of" instead of "due to" in your sentence.

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    Re: past participle after a noun phrase

    According to the news reports in the UK, the fire was caused by some stored fireworks somehow catching fire, causing an explosion where they were being stored. It was not a firework display which went wrong - the fireworks were being stored in readiness for a display in a few days (permission for which had been denied).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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