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    Report alleges

    Report alleges the existence of sex tapes and claims Moscow has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for years.


    Hi,
    The above is from The China Post today. I wonder why it's report instead of reports. Is report a countable noun? Does "report" here mean "rumor?" Thanks.

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    Re: Report alleges

    Yes, report is a countable noun.

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    Re: Report alleges

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Yes, report is a countable noun.
    Then, why isn't "reports allege" but "report alleges?"

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    Re: Report alleges

    Because it's just one report.

    Is this a headline, by any chance? If it's not a headline, it should start with "A report alleges...". But if it is a headline, it's rather long for one, and we would omit "the" and "and" (replacing "and" with a comma). Headlines follow a different form of grammar than normal English statements, for sake of brevity.
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    Re: Report alleges

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    Because it's just one report.

    Is this a headline, by any chance? If it's not a headline, it should start with "A report alleges...". But if it is a headline, it's rather long for one, and we would omit "the" and "and" (replacing "and" with a comma). Headlines follow a different form of grammar than normal English statements, for sake of brevity.
    Thanks, bubbha, and yes, it's a headline.

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