It's a sentence!? I have no idea which word is verb, could you explain to me?A ship, shipping ship, ---> nounshipping ---> verb?shipping ships ---> object
That's right Anon,A ship shipping ship (subject/noun) as in a ship that ships ships. (like a "water carrying truck")Shipping (verb) present continuous.shipping ships (noun/object) the smaller ships being carried by the larger ship, that are also used for shipping, but on a smaller scale.Make sense?:Phil
Mmm... but if you say it's present continuous,the sentence should be "A ship shipping ship IS shipping shipping ships.", I think."IS" is hiding somewhere?
Ahhh very good point.Normally yes, but in this situation no.'is' is often omitted for brevity,particularly in photograph captions(like in newspapers and magazines).Imagine "Firefighter saving childrenfrom school fire" or "Factory staffmaking Valentine's Day chocolate"in both cases we have omitted "is/are"for although the photo 'is' showingwhat 'is' happening at the moment itwas taken, we want to keep thesentence short, and as the pictureaccompanies the text it 'fills inthe blanks' so to speak.Hope that helps.:Phil
Thank you for explaining it cleary.It's very very helpful for me to learn English.I've never noticed that before. Maybe I should read English newspapers or magazines, not only textbooks. Thank you again! Eriya^^
You're most welcome Eriya.I'm glad to know that you still read the blog sometimes :P Take care Phil