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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 28 04:19:02 UTC 2017

These earlier headlines are also from Reuters, so maybe it's their house

"Alabama police shoot dead fugitive cop killer" (Feb. 3, 2012)

"San Francisco police shoot dead woman who drove car at officers" (Mar. 18,

Both noted by commenters on Language Log posts about crash blossoms.


On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 11:30 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> 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”

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