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I am new here. I am a Brazilian learning english and I'd like to understand these articles' titles:

Examples:

Bethesda to release Dishonored 2

Facebook to buy Whatsapp

Donald Trump to build solar panelled wall on the border

I mean, I can understand them, but when to use this type of sentence construction? For me it seems like something is missing.

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News headlines need to be short, so editors rely on certain conventions of interpretation, and you have encountered one such. Generally, the use of an infinitive this way means that a word or phrase such as is planning or has committed or wants has been omitted - thus, Facebook to buy WhatsApp actually means Facebook is going to buy WhatsApp or Facebook has announced that they are buying WhatsApp or Facebook intends to buy WhatsApp - which it is, if you are uncertain, can be determined from the text of the article.

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