I thought the plurality could be not much of a matter because it has a letter "s" in the end but each news is counted as a news article or newspaper or so. But after reading this passage by Shakespeare, it made me think about how the plurality of the concept of news is treated in English (both historically and now):
LADY MACBETH: [to the SERVANT] What is your tidings?
(Modern translation by Sparknotes): What news do you bring?
It seems like "tidings" is "news," so it's either plural or singular (as a mass noun). It's really thought provoking and making me so curious what it actually means to say, "news".
Here's what I've come up so far:
- News is telling something that has happened.
- Or no, a news is a piece of such information.
- News can be broken up into units of what thing is conveying such a piece.
But I'm not sure I'm right. I need to share opinions.
So I want to ask you to define "news," and how it's treated in the language. Learners are fine too, as they can compare with their own language, giving me insights.