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Recently I found the following sentence 'Package has shipped'. It looks a little strange for me. If I see for instance 'He has shipped a package', it will not cause a doubt for me. It comprises both subject (he) and object (package). But how about the sentence of my concern? Is it complete? Is 'package' the subject or object in that case? How about the sentence: 'Parcel has been shipped' in comparison to the first one I mentioned?

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lukandRecently I found the following sentence 'Package has shipped'.

Does the following seem strange too?

The bowl has broken.

It's the same pattern. 'break' and 'ship' are ergative verbs. Besides active and passive, these kinds of verbs also have another pattern (active in form, passive in meaning), thus:

Jerry has broken the bowl.
The bowl has been broken.
The bowl has broken.

The head of the department has shipped the package.
The package has been shipped.
The package has shipped.

CJ

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lukand'The Parcel has been shipped.

Yes, this sounds grammatical.

You can consider these:

He has shipped the package/parcel.

The parcel/package has been shipped.

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Does it mean that the sentence 'Package has shipped' is correct as well?

lukandDoes it mean that the sentence 'Package has shipped' is correct as well?

No. I meant the change you wanted in the sentence is necessary.

The package has shipped. Wrong

The package has been shipped. Correct.

lukand

Does it mean that the sentence 'Package has shipped' is correct as well?

It is correct. Of course an article would be needed: The package...

to be sent for delivery

the order will ship soon

(Mirriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

CB

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Someone else had the same problem and asked about it here at Englishforums backnin 2004!!

https://www.englishforums.com/English/YourOrderHasShipped/mmvdp/post.htm

It's just an exceptional anomaly, a creative short form. It's not standard.

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lukand'Package has shipped'. It looks a little strange for me.

I think it's syntactically analogous to The soldiers marched and He marched the soldiers where the subject of the first sentence correspondents to the object of the second.

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