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  1. clockworks
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    Read vs. Say

    Hello,

    My wife and I have been debating a while on the usage of the works read vs. say. Normally, a person would say, "what does that sign say"?; however, I would think the correct grammer would be, "what does that sign read"? It just makes more sense because a sign doesn't say anything.

    Thank you,

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    Re: Read vs. Say

    Quote Originally Posted by clockworks View Post
    Hello,

    My wife and I have been debating a while on the usage of the works read vs. say. Normally, a person would say, "what does that sign say"?; however, I would think the correct grammer would be, "what does that sign read"? It just makes more sense because a sign doesn't say anything.

    Thank you,
    Hi, In fact a sign doesn't really "read" either, I think that "What does that sign say?" is a way of saying "what does that sign tell us?" I suppose that to be literal one should say "What is written on that sign?" It's just easier to use "say".

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