Is "news" singular?

How do I say it: "The news is nice" or it should be "The news are nice" ?

I've read that it's a singular and plural noun by default. Also If it's plural is there a way to refer to only one "NEWS"?


News is treated as grammatically singular (or at least I've never encountered an exception where it's treated as a plural); "only one 'news'" is generally referred to as "a news story" or "a news item".

  • I'm told that my grandmother (or maybe my great grandmother - I didn't know either of them) used to use "news" as plural. But then English wasn't her native language. – Colin Fine Jan 19 '18 at 0:06

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