They simply relate the main topic of the story. They are
the most common types of headlines and are the easiest to understand.
Chechen grave points to Russian atrocities [TGM]
Headlines that ask a question
Most question headlines are not really typical
questions at all. They are statements followed by a
question mark. These question marks are used when:
The headline reports a future possibility
Are hotels in shape for games? [TGM]
There is some doubt about the truth or accuracy of the story.
Hidden Treasures In Your safe-Deposit Box? [TGM]
Headlines that contain a quotation
A quoted speech is used in headlines.
Itís another way to begin a story with an unproven statement.
Mounties shot in Arctic Ďhad no enemies at allí [TGM]
Quotation marks are used also to show a word is being used outside
its normal meaning.
Microsoft service divulges e-mail addresses unless patrons Ďopt outí [TGM]
Headlines for some unusual or amusing stories donít give
a complete meaning. Itís often necessary to read the story to
understand the headline.
Two shot dead at U.S. school [TGM]
They are two-part headlines of the same story. They are often
used for major events.
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II.The language of newspaper headlines
Headlines are almost always in the simple present tense.
Landry sways his party [GT]
The simple present tense is used to describe something
happening in the present or in the past.
Continent fears outbreaks [GT]
The simple present tense is used to describe both
something happening now, and something that happens repeatedly.
Nasdaq tumbles on recession fears [NP]
The present continuous is sometimes used, mostly to give
the meaning of something that is developing. The auxiliary is/are
Bikers flexing their muscles [GT]
The auxiliaries: is/was/are/were and has/have/had are
Microcell cutting Fido rates [TGM]
The infinitive is used to refer to the future.
Liberals to spend $700-million on research and development
Articles and conjunctions are often omitted.
Investors snap up JDS, Nortel [TGM]
In passive forms, the auxiliary is omitted and only the
past participle is used.
Race marshal killed in Villeneuve crash [TG]
A series of nouns used as adjectives is often blocked
together without any verbs or conjunctions.
Electoral popularity key consideration [TG]
Acronyms and abbreviations are often used in headlines.
IOC comes calling, but hero athletes on road [TGM]
[TGM] stands for: The Globe and Mail, March 6, 2001
[NP] stands for: National Post, February 28, 2001
[TG] stands for: The Gazette, March 4, 2001