There was the article with a headline, “Obama Case Against Ground War: 100 U.S. Deaths a Month” in New York Times (December 17) followed by the paragraph:
“President Obama acknowledged that Americans worried he was not doing enough to prevent terrorism but said the cost of sending ground troops to the Middle East was too high.”
I am a bit at a loss to interpret the word, ‘case’ in the phrase, “Obama case against ground war” though I presume it means Obama made out a case against ground war to a group of news columnists in a private session recently held in White House.
Is ‘case’ here used as a noun, or verb? Can ‘case’ be used as a verb on the earth? If it is a noun, don’t we need a possessive case ‘s? If it is a verb, don’t we need a third person, singular, present tense s? Is some words (eg. made, made out) dropped before ‘case’ just for the purpose of contraction?
I suspect this is a very primitive question. But I’m asking this as Japanese saying goes – Asking question is a momentary shame. Not asking question is a lifetime shame.