Absolutely. Headlines are those bold indicators of what is to be found in the reading of a particular article in a particular publication. They have a certain form, as anyone who studies newspapers recognizes. To be a headline, a verb must be present or implied. Otherwise, it’s merely a title. USA Elects Bush is a headline; so is Bush Elected. But the words President George W. Bush are merely a title. There is no verb anywhere, and the words could be used to identify a photograph as well as indicate the content of an article.
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I thought I knew the difference between a passive and active sentence. Now I’m not so sure because of a crit I received on my story. Doesn’t whether the sentence is active or passive depend on whether the verb is active or passive? Jane threw the ball vs the ball was thrown by Jane. I had a critiquer tell me the following was passive: Out of his lab coat, Brizet looked remarkably presentable. Is it?