Why "he shot dead" means that he killed himself if there is not "was" ? Or is it true that "shot dead" means killing oneself? Because my google translator say me that
Jul 18, 2019 10:48 AM
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"He shot dead" is incorrect by itself, even as a title. It needs to be "He shot dead <somebody>" ie. "He shot dead the mailman" (He killed the mailman with a gun)
July 18, 2019
Sometimes the author uses literary license which means that the author writes a book title or anything else and chooses not to use correct grammar. Sometimes this is to grab the reader’s attention. Or they are just trying to be creative and not follow writing conventions. I say ‘trying’ because I find it annoying. Here’s an example of literary license: It. Was. So. Exciting.
July 18, 2019
You can see that kind of titles in newspapers like 'journalists shot dead'. That mean they were shot. The language of titles has it's own peculiarities.
July 18, 2019
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