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    Default plural/singular - News are complete

    Hi,

    1. I prepare a daily newsletter consisting of all relevant news in an economic sector. When I am done compiling the news items, I say to my colleagues, “the news are done”. Am I correct in saying that? I know that the word ‘News’ takes a singular verb, but ‘the news is complete’ doesn’t sound correct to me either.

    2. Also what does one say when she wants to convey that she has read all the news items in a newspaper?

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    1. I prepare a daily newsletter consisting of all relevant news in an economic sector. When I am done compiling the news items, I say to my colleagues, “the news are done”. Am I correct in saying that? I know that the word ‘News’ takes a singular verb, but ‘the news is complete’ doesn’t sound correct to me either.

    2. Also what does one say when she wants to convey that she has read all the news items in a newspaper?

    Thanks,

    MG
    1. The word 'news' is always uncountable and agrees with a singular verb. So 'the news is done'.
    2. 'I've read the newspaper from cover to cover and I know all the news.'

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    1. I prepare a daily newsletter consisting of all relevant news in an economic sector. When I am done compiling the news items, I say to my colleagues, “the news are done”. Am I correct in saying that? I know that the word ‘News’ takes a singular verb, but ‘the news is complete’ doesn’t sound correct to me either.

    The news are done is incorrect. You are right in suspecting that it needs a singular verb.

    You could say - that's today's news - meaning: that's everything.

    2. Also what does one say when she wants to convey that she has read all the news items in a newspaper?

    I have read everything in today's newspaper.

    I have read today's newspaper front to back (from the first to the last page).


    Thanks,

    MG
    I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    Thanks guys.

    colloquium:
    I have read today's newspaper front to back (from the first to the last page).
    Can she say: I read all the news in the paper?

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    You can say "I read all the news..." but it would refer to something you did in the past, for instance: "Yesterday, I read all the news in the paper" or "This morning, I read all the news in the paper". If it's an action you've just completed, you would say "I have read all the news in the paper." The 'have' lets us know that you're just finished.

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    Quote Originally Posted by norwayteacher View Post
    You can say "I read all the news..." but it would refer to something you did in the past, for instance: "Yesterday, I read all the news in the paper" or "This morning, I read all the news in the paper". If it's an action you've just completed, you would say "I have read all the news in the paper." The 'have' lets us know that you're just finished.
    Not necessarily, you would have to qualify it with "just", "I have just read all the news in the paper." "I have read..." does not give any time indication, for example, "I have read all the books of Salman Rushdie." does not mean that I have just finished reading them.

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    Default Re: plural/singular - News are complete

    Heh, true. Thanks for clearing that up. I was so focused on explaining that 'I read all the news...' could not refer to something you'd just finished, that I didn't think about the other uses for 'I have read...'

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