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He Said/She Said

Colorful houses in Burano, Italy with a park bench where people can discuss what "he said" and "she said" in Italian!

Let’s begin our discussion of the important phrases “he said” and “she said” by looking at how to use the verb dire — to say —  in the past tense. The past tense for “he said” and “she said” in Italian, a one-time event, uses the passato prossimo, and is “ lui/lei ha detto.” This Italian past tense verb also translates into the less commonly used English past tense, “he has said” and “she has said.”  Since the subject pronoun is generally left out of an Italian sentence, we are left with “ha detto” to describe both what he said …

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