How can I express that this morning I read parts of a newspaper and not the entire paper? If I say "I read the paper this morning" it means the entire paper, so that would be wrong. But "I read parts of the paper" doesn't sound right at all. What would be the right expression? I read some articles this morning?
- I read the paper
does not exactly suggest you read the entire thing. People generally don't read the entire paper. We understand that you typically read the parts that interest you. You might want to specify "I read the entire paper." Someone might congratulate you.
- I read parts of the paper
is fine. It does mean that you partially read the paper. 1 is implicit about not reading the whole thing, whereas it is explicitly expressed in 2.
- I read some articles this morning
is also correct. 3 is simply more specific about what you read (articles). However, "articles" does not necessarily refer to ones found in the newspaper. You can find articles in other media, so be careful.
I think you might be interested in skim, glance through, and thumb through:
: to read, study, or examine superficially and rapidly; especially : to glance through (something, such as a book) for the chief ideas or the plot
- glance through something
to look quickly at the contents of something. I glanced through the manuscript, and I don't think it is ready yet. Would you glance through this report when you have a moment?
- thumb through something
to turn the pages of a book, magazine, or a document quickly and only read small parts of it: "Have you read the report?" "Well, I thumbed through it quickly while I was eating breakfast."
Colloquially, I feel like the expression:
I looked through the paper
is closest to what you mean.
The phrasal verb look through is defined as:
If you look through something that has been written or printed, you read it
to examine, esp, cursorily : he looked through his notes before the lecture
Also, Macmillan says:
to read something quickly, especially to find the information you need