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    It said in the job ad that they wanted proficiency in at least in two languages.

    Hi teachers,

    I understand these "It is said that, people say or something is said" But I don't understand the above construction which is in the title. Could you please explain me that?


    Thanks.

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    Re: It said in the job ad that they wanted proficiency in at least in two languages.

    We use "say" when we mean "The words tell us..."

    The sign says we can't park here. -- This does not mean there is a talking sign. It means words on the sign are "No parking."
    The article I just read said that... -- This does not mean the computer read the article out loud to me. It means the content of the article included certain information.

    This could have been written "The job ad says/said..." instead of "It said in the job ad that ..." with no change in meaning.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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