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I have just got a great news. I don't know what to say:

Such a good news.

or

What a good news.

The context should be formal (I am talking about hiring).

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  • sorry it was my first question, why downvote?
    – nkint
    Nov 28, 2012 at 21:25
  • The downvotes are probably due to the fact that both versions are ungrammatical. You might be interested in our proposed sister site for English language learners. You can support it by committing. Thank you.
    – RegDwigнt
    Nov 28, 2012 at 21:55
  • ok! i am an English language learner : ) good job!
    – nkint
    Nov 28, 2012 at 23:16

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Either work if you remove the "a". "News" is not countable.


The above is correct, and was the selected answer.

However, I wanted to add some clarity.

"Such good news" is a phrase. "What good news" is an exclamation.

As an exclamation, "Such good news!" implies "That is such good news!" but you can also say things like, "Where did you hear such good news?" or "You always have such good news."

"What good news!" stands on its own as a full sentence.

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"I have just had some good news. It is X...Y...Z."
"What good news!"

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  • ok, thanks. why "such a" is wrong?
    – nkint
    Nov 28, 2012 at 20:29
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    You can get a message or some messages or 2, 3, 4... messages. Message is a count-noun. You can't get a measles or some measles or 2, 3 ...measles - you can only get measles. Measles is non-count and, further, non-quantifiable. You can get news, some news / rice or not much news / rice - news and rice are non-count (quasi-non-count for the rice if in grains) but quantifiable. Nov 28, 2012 at 20:53

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