|"Breaking News" refers to a news story that is urgent or developing at the moment. The particular piece of news in the picture was the death of Michael Jackson. (Image by David McKelvey)|
Welcome again to Mistake Monday! We actually talked about today's Common Error a few times in my class last week, so I thought it would be appropriate to mention it here. It's also easy to correct:
|Common Error: Use of the word "news"|
|DON’T say this:|
|WHY?||-This is confusing because noticias in Spanish is usually translated as "news" in English. And that's correct, but only when it's plural.|
-"the news" is an idea or a concept (not something physical), and we treat it like a plural noun in English. For example:
"I got some good news at work today--they're going to give me a raise!"
"I watch the news on TV and read the newspaper every day."
-If we need to make this idea singular, we can't count "news" since it's an abstract idea. Instead, we can add the phrase "a piece of":
"I got an annoying piece of news from the bank: my account is overdrawn."
But even in this case, it's still more common to treat the world as a plural and use the word "some":
"I got some annoying news from the bank: my account is overdrawn."
BONUS TIP! The word "new" exists in English, of course, but it's only used as an adjective (descriptive word) that means the opposite of "old" or "used."
|INSTEAD, SAY THIS:||-"Did you hear the news? Joan is pregnant!"|
-"That's some very sad news."
-"That's a very sad piece of news."