Perhaps, you’ve heard the expressions “what a good news” and “such a good news” before and are lost in the difference between them. If that’s the case, worry not, because you’ve come to the right place. Please, read on as we clear all your doubts in the following paragraphs.
What a Good News vs. Such a Good News
The expressions “what a good news” and “such a good news” are incorrect; “news” is not a countable noun. The correct form in both cases is to say it without the “a” before the word “news”. Thus, both expressions should be: “what good news” and “such good news”.
Beyond the fact that both expressions are correct without the “a”, “what good news” is an exclamation that can be a standalone line. For example, you can say “What good news!” and it would be a completely correct way of highlighting that news is very good.
“Such good news”, on the other hand, can be used in a plethora of situations but not as a standalone line, it needs more information. For example, you can say “that is such good news!” and it would also be a correct way of highlighting how good news is. Nevertheless, it can’t be a standalone line; saying “such good news!” is not correct.
What a Good News
Saying “what a good news” is incorrect because the “a” can only be used for countable nouns. For example, “a car” or “a house”, require a number before them. Thus, removing the “a” is enough to make the line correct. It can be used to highlight good news.
Let’s see 3 examples of the correct use of “what good news”:
- Did you get accepted for college next year? What good news! We need to celebrate!
- What good news! You don’t get told every day that you’ll be playing at Glastonbury, you know?
- Did he really say that? Oh my god; what good news! I cant’ believe you’ll be on the Television!
Let’s see 3 examples of the incorrect use of “what a good news”:
- What a good news! Did you get accepted for college next year? Let’s celebrate!
- Are you really playing Glastonbury this year? What a good news!
- When is it that you’ll be on the television? What a good news! I’ll be watching for sure.
Such a Good News
Saying “such a good news” to highlight good news is not a correct use of the English language. This is because “news” is not a countable noun. To transform it into a correct way of saying that news is extremely good, all you need to do is remove the “a”.
Let’s see 3 examples of the correct use of “such good news”:
- That is such good news! I can’t believe my little brother got a Gold Medal in a short story competition!
- Can you believe I got such good news today? I got an A+ in the most difficult subject of my career!
- Having such good news to tell and having nobody to share them with was really hard!
Let’s see 3 examples of the incorrect use of “such a good news”:
- He said it to me this morning and I still can’t believe such a good news! My little brother got a Golden Medal in the short story competition.
- Getting an A+ in the most difficult subject of the career is very hard; that is such a good news!
- I have been keeping such a good news a secret all this time; I was dying to tell you!
Which Is Used the Most?
The Google Ngram Viewer is a tool that offers a clear explanation of terms’ popularity levels.
In this case, “such good news” is by far the most popular and has been since the 1900s uninterruptedly. Moreover, it is currently experiencing a steep positive trend. “What good news” on the other hand, has maintained low and steady popularity that is enjoying a mild increase in popularity since the 1990s.
Finally, the use of “such a good news” and “what a good news” is close to zero.
Saying “such a good news” and “what a good news” is incorrect because “a” is an uncountable noun. Thus, the correct way of saying both terms are “such good news” and “what good news”. Both expressions are used to highlight good news.
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