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