“The news is good.” Why?
Does one ask "What are the news" or "What is the news"? Or are both correct in different situations?
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It's very strange: every etymology I find for news shows it originating as a plural:
and yet it certainly isn't used as one now.
You can't have a new; the singular would be a news item, a piece of news, a story, a scoop...
You can refer to the new as an abstract, but that's a synonym for "that which is new":
And of course you can begin anew, but that simply means "start again".
I think the form "What are the news?" is wrong; even though the the word 'news' is plural, it is more of a mass noun (or non-countable noun) than a countable noun (like gold is a mass noun).
Therefore, to my ears, you have to say "What is the news?", treating it as singular (even though it looks singularly like a plural).