Sunday, March 22, 2009

Has anyone seen this headline's missing verb?


There's this wonderful thing called a verb. Someone should inform this writer that headlines and sentence often sound/look better when these magical things called verbs are included there. In this case, the word "are" would have been a brilliant addition to the headline. As it stands, this headline is definitely less than brilliant--dim, in fact (the writer, at least, is probably rather dim...).

Thanks to KIM for spotting this one!

8 comments:

Bridgete said...

They missed the same verb later in the article. "Baloyi also urged citizens to check if they legally married...." They just don't believe in one of the most common verbs in the English language, apparently. Or is it the most common? I always forget if it's "to be" or "to have" that's the most common...

Carlos said...

Don't be so quick to judge, Nikki; maybe the author was writing in Ebonics ;-)

Jenna said...

Im a little concerned about SAfricans. Is that supposed to be S. Africans? Well, those poor SAfricans. Could it be any worse? Poverty, no food, AIDS, and now no verbs.

When will it stop?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Bridgete: Good eye! You're absolutely right!

I'm guessing it's "to be" that is the most common verb, but I don't know for certain...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Carlos: LOL! Yeah, it sure sounds like it could be Ebonics!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Jenna: Just one more reason why I don't think I'd want to live in Africa. What would a grammarphile do without her verbs?!? :)

LadyStyx said...

I suspect the Grammarphile would have an easier time sitting in a salon chair for hours getting her hair colored, than living in a nation with no verbs. ~grinz~

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LadyStyx, I think you're right! :)