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kaNNa
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:32:30 AM
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Lorry,driver involved in accident with Minister's car traced- The Hindu.

[To mean 'the CID has tracked down the missing truck and its driver']
srirr
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:42:53 AM

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We have had similar discussion earlier too. The news headlines highlight the main items only. Sometimes these headlines may produce a different sense or meaning, but most of the times they convey the desired message. However it may not be grammatically correct all the times.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:43:22 AM

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yes, the comma makes it a list of nouns, so the lorry and driver have been traced

without the comma,
lorry driver traced
it would be the driver who had been traced, and 'lorry' is adjectival (lorry driver, speeding driver etc)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:24:26 AM

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They most probably had traced that lorry first by the type, colour, license plate, etc - thus the comma to emphasize the lorry.
In that case the sentence needs two commas:

Lorry, driver involved in accident with Minister's car, traced.

(grammatically bit clumsy even this way)
thar
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Got em!- Politican pileup trucker traced

Now isn't that a better headline!



srirr
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5:37:21 AM

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Next would be what?.... Driver rewarded for his act.
mr.sv
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:50:58 AM
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The news headlines may or may not be formally correct.
However, the sentence :
Lorry,driver involved in accident with Minister's car traced, is correct.
kaNNa
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:48:26 AM
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thar wrote:
yes, the comma makes it a list of nouns, so the lorry and driver have been traced

without the comma,
lorry driver traced
it would be the driver who had been traced, and 'lorry' is adjectival (lorry driver, speeding driver etc)


thank you thar,
very explanatory, as usual.
sacarain
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:23:47 PM
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mr.sv wrote:
The news headlines may or may not be formally correct.
However, the sentence :
Lorry,driver involved in accident with Minister's car traced, is correct.



In headlining, BE verbs in the passive voice is/can be deleted.
This is a genre-typed so it has its own rules
sacarain
Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6:25:41 PM
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This is about headlining.
News writing is a genre.

Rules:
1. AND is replaced with a comma.
2. BE verbs/weak verbs especially in the passive voice is/can be deleted
excaelis
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Lorry driving hero feted !

I guess they used a sketch artist to trace him...
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