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    The noun "media"

    Why is there no "s" - ending for the verb "portray" in the following sentence?Does it mean that the noun media is plural? If so does the 'media' always plural and we should write for example "media are" instead of "media is"?

    When it is time to cast our votes, we will make our decision based on how the media portray the candidates.

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    Re: The noun "media"

    Hi,
    I think it is plural, (from Latin medium, plural media or mediums), at least, dictionaries say so. (not a teacher and just on my way to becoming proficient).
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    Question Re: The noun "media"

    So media is always plural and we should always write, for example: the media are.. Is it right?

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    Re: The noun "media"

    Hi,
    I wouldn't say 'always', since it is often used with singular concord, but 'USUALLY' or 'normally'. Threre still seem to be native speakers who will consider there is something weird with 'The media says...'. However, I'm not a native speaker so let's hope one of them joins in and clears things up. (If I were in your shoes I'd stick to 'plural' media and 'singular' medium).
    Regards.

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    Re: The noun "media"

    Media is a collective noun - it describes ALL the possible coverages - TV, magazines, reporters, photographers, journalists, etc.


    The media is reporting on the election.

    What media will be present at the conference?

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    Re: The noun "media"

    So why is there no "s" - ending for the verb "portray"?

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    Re: The noun "media"

    It uses either:

    on how (they) portray . . .

    on how (it) portrays . . .

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    Re: The noun "media"

    So if I understood you correctly I can replace media by either 'they' or 'it'. Can I in this case write for example: media are....

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    Re: The noun "media"

    Oh heck, why not just use it as an adjective?

    media business

    media industry

    media trends

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    Re: The noun "media"

    I am just trying to get answer for this particular case... of course there are a lot of different ways which help to avoid it...

    I am interested in English pitfalls like this :)

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