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    Is or Are?

    Hi,

    About the word "news" - is it singular or plural? the translation to Hebrew is in plural, but I am not sure that it is the same in English. on of my pupils asked me that.

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    Re: Is or Are?

    Quote Originally Posted by alonab View Post
    Hi,

    About the word "news" - is it singular or plural? the translation to Hebrew is in plural, but I am not sure that it is the same in English. on of my pupils asked me that.
    "News" is uncountable, "the news", "some news", not "a news".


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    Re: Is or Are?

    For syntactic purposes, "news" is singular: "No news is good news."

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    #4

    Re: Is or Are?

    But you can make it plural by adding a qualifier before it:
    Two/three/four pieces of bad news.
    (Not a teacher)

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