This is a good news.
This is good news.

Which one is correct? Clarify the difference

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    Which one do you think is correct… & why? Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:28
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    You might also hear- 'it's a good news day' but this is a different meaning.
    – Misti
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:35

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The word "news" is singular, uncountable. So you can't say "a news," instead you would say:

This is good news.

just as in "This is good water."

  • What about these sentences? This is a news channel. This is news channel. Can't I use " a" here? Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 16:49
  • Of course, you can say a news channel as it is a channel broadcasting news.
    – rogermue
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 16:58
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    Why do you say "This is an apple"?
    – rogermue
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 17:09
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    Because we are referring to "channel", not to "news". "News" functions as an adjective in that context. This is a news channel. This is a sports channel. This is a weather channel. (Here, you can have the remote back.)
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:23
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    user124234 -- You can count channels. If there's one, it's "a channel". The word "news" in "a news channel" isn't the noun (channel is). But in "this is good news", news is the noun, and it's not countable. You could say "this is a good piece of news" (pieces are countable).
    – Glen_b
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 2:40

News itself is uncountable. Uncountable nouns don't take indefinite articles a and an; at least not directly. Let me explain.

So far, we understood that

This is *a good news.

is ungrammatical, while the latter form isn't. What if you do need to specify a one about news? That's where classifiers1 come into play.

A classifier, sometimes called a counter word, is a word or morpheme that is used to accompany nouns and can be considered to "classify" the noun depending on the type of its referent. - Wikipedia

The classifier for news, jewelry, meat, cake2 etc. is piece:

  • Sam just heard this shocking piece of news about the epidemic from the bus radio.

  • Pfft, this job is a piece of cake for a tough guy like you!

Thus, if you want to make your first sentence grammatical, use piece along with the indefinite article a:

This is a good piece of news.

1: Warning: Do not mix classifiers with noun classes. Inhaling the mixture might result in body inflammation and is highly toxic.
2: Also, a slice of cake.

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    Don't forget: This is some good news.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:24
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    Oh yes, @J.R. Also, this is the good news. I figured it might get a little off the question and make the answer unnecessarily long and TL;DR-worthy.
    – M.A.R.
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 18:25

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