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Sunday 27th October: Newspaper headlines


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This is what we covered in today's class. Prepare slides (7) and (8) for next time. Moreover, bring to class examples in which those grammatical rules apply to.

This is what we covered in today's class. Prepare slides (7) and (8) for next time. Moreover, bring to class examples in which those grammatical rules apply to.

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  • 1. Newspaper Headlines Headlines are the short titles above newspaper reports. King opens key projects in Aqaba Port Key: vital, very important.
  • 2. Grammar of headlines • Headlines are not always complete sentences. Many headlines consist of noun phrases without verbs. More wage cuts Wage (n): a fixed regular payment earned for work or services Cut (n): reduction Holiday hotel death Exeter man’s double marriage bid Bid: attempt
  • 3. • In headlines, simple tenses are often used instead of continuous or perfect forms. The simple present is used for both present and past events. Thousands of Islamists rally for Al Aqsa Mosque Rally (v): to meet in massive groups for support of a cause. Some Saudi women defy driving ban in day of protest Defy (v): to challenge or resist something.
  • 4. • Many headline words are used both as nouns and verbs. It is not always easy to understand the structure of a sentence. US cuts aid to third world Aid cuts row Cuts (v): reduces Aid (n): military or financial help / Aid (v): to help Cuts aid rebels Row (n): noisy disagreement Cut (n): reduction
  • 5. • Headlines often leave out articles (a, an, the). Woman walks on moon King to visit Aqaba Port *** Note: Often, in standard everyday English, we normally would say A WOMAN, THE KING.
  • 6. • Headlines often use infinitives to refer to the future. Al Arabiya to air two-part interview with Queen Rania To air (v): to circulate or make public Jordan to participate in regional health meeting Hospitals to take fewer patients
  • 7. • A colon (:) is often used to separate the subject of a headline from what is said about it. Motorway crash: death toll rises Strikes: PM to react PM: Prime minister Death toll: number of those who were killed
  • 8. Quotation marks (‘…’) are used to show that words were said by someone else, and that the newspaper does not necessarily claim that they are true. Exercise 'boosts academic performance' of teenagers Boosts (v): increases Slow metabolism 'obesity excuse' true