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    #1

    8 (were) killed.

    Hi,
    News sites use headlines like '8 killed' but why don't they use '8 were killed'?

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    Re: 8 (were) killed.

    Because Eight killed is shorter, and the reader can infer what the missing word(s) must be. Headline writers use a compact version of English designed to communicate with a bare minimum of words.
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    Re: 8 (were) killed.

    Newpaper headlines are not necessarily grammatical, for practical reasons. The idea is to draw attention with minimum words.
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    Re: 8 (were) killed.

    I hope you find this link useful: http://www.englishlessonsbrighton.co...per-headlines/

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    Re: 8 (were) killed.

    Headline writers leave many words out like prepositions, articles and auxiliary verbs because it helps concentrate the reader's attention on the topic and saves space on a page/screen. If you look in grammar books like Practical English Usage, you will find sections dedicated to the specialised language of headlines.

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