I can't understand, what does the following sentence mean and other similar sentences: (for example)

France to ban street scooters in Paris.

What does it mean, if we use "to" after the noun and before a verb? I know, that there is form "somebody is to do something", but at the same time I don't understand a "noun + to + verb" form.

  • Consider that it is a newspaper title where they generally need to save space. France is considering to ban…
    – Gio
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 19:13
  • It is approximately the same as "France will ban street scooters in Paris." I think there is a subtle difference is meaning, but I don't know how to explain it. Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 19:33
  • @MichaelHardy If there's a difference it must be really subtle, I can't think of it.
    – Barmar
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 19:44
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    Omitting verbs like this is common in "headlinese". "noun to verb" is short for "noun is going to verb"
    – Barmar
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 19:45
  • Ellipsis is the term when words are omitted in a sentence. News headlines often use ellipsis for brevity.
    – ermanen
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 20:29


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