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    #1

    another one before

    1) Ex–UCLA Student Tied to Another Fatality Before Campus Shooting

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    https://www.yahoo.com/?r0=1354693198


    2) Ex–UCLA Student Tied to Second Fatality Before Campus Shooting

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    https://www.yahoo.com/?r0=1354693198

    I suppose you are all familiar with the sad news by now.

    Aren't those headlines misleading?

    Actually, they seem to imply to me that there were two fatalities before the Campus shooting. I read them as restrictive. I think they correspond to 'a' and not to 'b', although 'b' is the intended meaning.

    a) Second Fatality which took place Before Campus Shooting
    b) Second Fatality, which took place Before Campus Shooting

    Is that incorrect?

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    #2

    Re: another one before

    I think you are right. But of course you shouldn't expect to get the whole story from the headline.

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    #3

    Re: another one before

    I don't understand what you're proposing is different between a) and b) - they're identical. I think what you're trying to say is that the headline suggests there were two fatalities before the campus shooting, but I wouldn't parse the headline that way. I'd read it as citing a second shooting by the same person.

    There was a second shooting by the same perpetrator. Actually the campus shooting was the 2nd fatality, they just didn't discover the first one until after the second one occurred.

    Edit: Also, Yahoo news writers are notoriously bad at their jobs, so I wouldn't analyze anything from Yahoo too seriously. Even in an age of dwindling internet writing standards, Yahoo writing is sub-sub par.
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    #4

    Re: another one before

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Aren't those headlines misleading?

    They're not well phrased, but I guess most people reading the articles would have already heard of the first and then this second, and come up with a total of two, rather than 3.

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