bezweek vs bezweken

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bezweek vs bezweken

Post by kindlychung » Mon May 11, 2015 10:12 am

In the title of this article: http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Nederland/a ... -A28.dhtml

11-jarig meisje bezweken na ongeluk op A28

Shouldn't it be bezweek?

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Re: bezweek vs bezweken

Post by Teodor » Mon May 11, 2015 10:26 am

It's very usual for newspapers and websites to shorten the titles of their articles. Auxiliary verbs are often the 'victim' of this practice. "11-jarig meisje bezweken na ongeluk op A28" is a shorter way af saying "Een 11-jarig meisje is bezweken na een ongeluk op de A28". So it's not really wrong; it's just a shortened way of putting longer sentences, only used in headlines.

Another example: "De oppositie is niet tevreden met de plannen van de premier." -> "Oppositie niet tevreden met plannen premier"

It's not really unique to Dutch that newspaper headlines are different from ordinary speech. No English speaker would suddenly utter at the dinner table a sentence like "Obama to visit Russia", but it is possible to encounter such a thing in a newspaper.

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