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    News - singular or plural and concordance

    The news is good, we think you will like them. IS THAT CORRECT?

    The news are good, we think you will like it. IS THAT CORRECT?

    Please, help me!

    Marque a alternativa que possui as sentenças abaixo reescritas, corretamente, no plural:
    1. She writes a letter to her sister every day.

    2. He and his friend are going to buy a new house.
    3. The news is good, I think you will like it.

    4. This old photo brings me a good recollection.

    5. The phenomenon happened yesterday night.

    a) 1. They writes letters to their sisters every day./ 2. They and their friends are going to buy new houses./ 3. The news is good, we think you will like them./ 4. These old photos bring us good recollections./ 5. The phenomena happened yesterday night.
    b) 1. They write letters to their sisters every day./ 2. They and their friends are going to buy new houses./ 3. The news are good, we think you will like them./ 4. These old photos bring us good recollections./ 5. The phenomena happened yesterday night.
    c) 1. They write letters to their sisters every day./ 2. They and their friends are going to buy news houses./ 3. The news is good, we think you will like them./ 4. Those old photos bring us good recollections./ 5. The phenomena happened yesterday night.
    d) 1. They write letters to their sisters every day./ 2. They and their friends are going to buy new houses./ 3. The news is good, we think you will like them./ 4. These old photos bring us good recollections./ 5. The phenomena happened yesterday night.
    e) 1. They write letters to their sisters every day./ 2. They and their friends are going to buy new houses./ 3. The news is good, we think you will like they./ 4. These old photos bring us good recollections./ 5. The phenomenons happened yesterday night.
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    Re: News - singular or plural and concordance

    Welcome to the forum, Revoges.

    Click here for free online access to dozens of good English-only dictionaries.

    They will all tell you that 'news' is uncountable, and while plural in form is treated as a singular noun.

    I don't understand the Portuguese instructions.

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    Re: News - singular or plural and concordance

    Quote Originally Posted by Revoges View Post
    3. The news is good, I think you will like it.

    That's a comma splice. Use a full stop (period) instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by Revoges View Post
    4. This old photo brings me a good recollection.

    That's unnatural. Try:
    This old photo brings back (so many) great memories.

    Quote Originally Posted by Revoges View Post
    5. The phenomenon happened yesterday night.
    That's unnatural. Also, "yesterday night" is incorrect. Use "last night."

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