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However word news has got an s as a last letter, that is an uncountable noun so it is never used in the plural and does not follow a.
The election result are bad news for social welfare programs.
The election result is bad news for social welfare programs.
For too long we have ignored these news.
For too long we have ignored this news.
Hong Kong wants to ban smoking in restaurants. This is a good news for non-smokers.
...This is good news for non-smokers.
So how can we mention to a single item of news? we can use news on its own, or say some news or, less frequently, a piece of news. As an example:
- George Bush was in a meeting when he heard news of the attack.
- I have some news that may cheer you up.
- I just got a surprising piece of news.