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NEWS: Singular or Plural ?

Posted: April 16, 2019 at 8:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Should we say the news is good or the news are good?

This a common mistake that English learners often make with “news.”

The word “news” in English is singular and uncountable. So we use the singular forms of verbs, like is and was: the news is on channel Sony, the news was surprising. Do not use are or were with News.

” With uncountable nouns, we never use a or an. So don’t say, “I heard a good news” – this might be possible in your native language, but in English you should say “I heard some good news.”

To Sum up, avoid saying “many news” – the word “many” can only be used with countable nouns. Instead, you can use “much” or “a lot of / lots of” – for example, “there wasn’t much news over the weekend” or “I have lots of news to tell you!”

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