Is the word “news” singular or plural?


#1

I know what you’ll say: just google. I have and I’m still confused.


#2

It is an uncountable noun.
For example,these are some uncountable nouns:
News.
Sugar.
Water.

A piece of news.
A teaspoon of sugar
A glass of water.

That is how I learnt it,Ratio…

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/gramatica/gramatica-britanica/about-nouns/nouns-countable-and-uncountable


#3

Examples:
Have you got sugar? No haven’t got any on this table. THERE’S some on the other table. But IT’S bad for your health.

Now is this correct:
Is there news on the president? No, I’ve been watching for hours now but THEY all seem to be about either the World Cup or the queen or some other news.

Or do you think I should say “IT all seems to be about…”


#4

I don’t know!
I will wait here with you for a good answer .
If it is " The news are …" " They" would replace " the news".
Or do you say " the news is…"?
I don t know!


#5

In this example I would say “IT all seems to be about…”
Generally it’s all the same news on all channels.

But, if you are referencing the news channels, I would say “They are all playing the same news about the President and IT is all positive.”


#6

I think it can be singular or plural.

“I have news about your daughter.” Singular

“The news from multiple newspapers was confusing…they all said different things.” Plural

I’ve read it so much now that it all sounds like nonsense to me so I better just go to bed, lol.


#7

However, you can use some of those in the plural…

Beet, cane, brown, raw, powdered, and white are all sugars. Coffee with two sugars, please.

The waters of lakes, streams, and rivers all may contain microorganisms which cause gastrointestinal disease.


#8

Thank you,Mary Ellen!
I must admitt though,that " two sugars" is not going to be easy to say for me :joy: .Almost as if one could see the teachers frowning many years ago :laughing:


#9

Singular. The news from Chicago is better today than it was yesterday. No news is good news.

Mathematics, economics, physics, politics … it’s that kind of noun. They’re all plural in form but are treated grammatically as singular nouns.


#10

I’ve been trying in vain to remember what movie this line comes from:

“Any news from your family?”
“No, not a single new.”


#11

Do you mean it is singular only grammatically but you agree that it is an uncountable word?


#12

I’m not sure what you mean by “only” here. “Singular” and “plural” are grammatical terms.

All uncountable nouns are singular, unless they are being used in a special sense such as @graciew’s “two sugars”. Other examples might be “the sands of the desert”, “certain moneys (or monies) are unaccounted for”.


#13

I’ve just remembered one that is only plural: “clothes”. There are others I’m not so sure about, such as scissors, pants, trousers, and billiards. We can say “a trouser pocket” and “a billiard table”.


#14

But that is singular, or you would have to write “the news are,” and we don’t say that. It’s collective like “the company is,” “everyone is,” etc. You’ve used a singular verb in that sentence, i.e., “was,” rather than the plural “were.”

“News sources offer differing opinions” is plural, but in this case, the subject is “sources” and “news” is modifying it.

“News” is singular, despite being collective.


#15

“News” is singular in this sentence. The news WAS, not the news WERE

“They” refers to the “multiple newspapers “

:nerd_face:


#16

@ConstantLearner @F_Marturana

Oops, sorry. That’s what I get for doing grammar late at night. D’oh! :woman_facepalming:


#17

I’m just a nerd that way.:nerd_face:


#18

Kinda like pants.
You wear a pair of pants.
But not just one pant.


#19

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