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three men dead

Postby jeab » Thu Sep 16, 2004 6:11 pm

Three men dead, seven more in the hospital and pretty near fifty-five men locked up in less than two hours since the ~ battle in the alley.

Should it be 'Three men are dead'?

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Postby Alan » Fri Sep 17, 2004 10:07 am

It's a colloquial sentence-type in which the verb (are) has been ellipted to create a more dramatic effort.

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