some/the news

Ruzanna

Senior Member
Russian
Hi
I'd like to know why it's not correct to use "some" in this context:
Some families sit down and eat together in the morning, and listen to ... news on the radio or watch early morning television.
The options are: a, what, some, the

The correct answer according to the book is "the".
I wonder why " some" is not possible?
 
  • Chasint

    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Some" isn't wrong, although "the" is more likely.
    I disagree: "some news" sounds horrible to me in that context.

    We might hear "some news" but we listen to "the news" - usually in the form of a bulletin. I would feel okay with "some of the news" which means part of the latest bulletin.

    Examples

    I've just heard some news! :thumbsup:
    What news is that?
    The moon has turned red!

    Have you heard the news? :thumbsup:
    No, what news?
    The moon has turned red!

    I've just listened to the news. :thumbsup: (implies 'on the radio')
    Oh, anything of interest?
    Yes, the moon has turned red.

    I've just listened to some news :thumbsdown:
     
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    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I disagree: "some news" sounds horrible to me in that context.

    We might hear "some news" but we listen to "the news" - usually in the form of a bulletin. I would feel okay with "some of the news" which means part of the latest bulletin.
    You're probably right. You can listen to "some music," but "the news" in this context is kind of all or nothing.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Like Newt's first answer, I don't think it's grammatically wrong. It could be said. But the very natural option is "the". If I was writing that question, I would pick a different word as another wrong option.
     
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