- 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