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    cubisto is offline Junior Member
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    the news

    If my sentence below is correct, I don't get the grammar of it.
    I divined from her expression that the news was very good.

    Why do you say in English "the news was..." instead of "the news were..."? I mean "the news" is plural and not singular, isn't it?

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    Re: the news

    In English, "news" is a mass noun that takes a singular verb.

    Have you heard the latest new?
    Have you heard the latest news?

    If you want to specifically indicate that you're talking about a single piece of news, you can use, for example, "report", "item", "story" or "headline" in your sentence.

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    Re: the news

    @teechar
    Thanks for your good explanation. In an English test I would have done this right. At least I think so. But my English lessons were a long time ago, so I simply
    didn't know the grammatical background anymore.

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