[Ads-l] "Belgian Soldiers Shoot Dead Knife Attacker"

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Aug 28 08:52:41 EDT 2017


Sounds like Game of Thrones just became real.

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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Laurence Horn
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Subject: [ADS-L] "Belgian Soldiers Shoot Dead Knife Attacker"

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/08/25/world/europe/25reuters-belgium-security.html

The knife attacker was dead but they shot him anyway (just in case he came back to life)?
They shot someone attacking with a dead knife (just in case it came back to life)?

I know “dead” is a resultative, but for me it only works if it comes after the object:
“Belgian Soldiers Shoot Knife Attacker Dead”

LH
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