Odd Language #234: “was” or Not

Kamloops This Week, 2017-12-05 edition has a front-page headline of “Council asked to crack down on pot stores”.

The issue: The issue of stores selling marijuana prior to its planned legalisation in 2018 is a hot issue in Kamloops. So is that Council asked someone or someones, say, staff, to crack down, or is it that Council was asked to crack down? Since newspaper headlines often omit forms of “to be” for shortness, it is unclear. It is the former.

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