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    The news hit/ hits

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    The news hit/ hits
    Message from thierrydemlt posted on 16-11-2017 at 15:17:50 (D | E | F)
    Could you help me please? Thanks for any reply.

    I have read the following sentence: "Kate is pregnant. The news hit the headlines around the world".
    News looks like a plural noun but is in fact an uncountable noun, so you have to use a singular form of a verb after it. I thought that de good sentence was " The news hitS the headlines". Since Kate IS pregnant, it implies the singular form and the singular form / 3rd person is "hits".

    Edited by lucile83 on 16-11-2017 22:11

    Re: The news hit/ hits from gerondif, posted on 16-11-2017 at 16:18:03 (D | E)
    you are right BUT hit is in the preterite here, to hit, I hit, hit, irregular verb.
    If a present tense was implied, it would probably be:
    Hey! You know what ?? Kate is pregnant (Royal family, I presume) !! The news is making (hitting) the headlines around the world at the moment.
    A simple present would imply a habit: Whenever there is an earthquake, the news hits the headlines around the world.

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