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hirashin

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Hello, native English speakers,
I have a question about the nuance of "It is said that".

It is said that Lisa is going to study fine arts in New York.

An American person says that this sentence is used if you mean that you do not believe that Lisa is going to study fine arts in New York so you say 'it is said'
'it is said' is normally used for quoting
e.g it is said that studying online may not be effective as studying in person

What do you think? Do you agree with him?

HIrashin
 

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Hello, native English speakers,
I have a question about the nuance of "It is said that".

It is said that Lisa is going to study fine arts in New York.

An American person says that this sentence is used if you mean that you do not believe that Lisa is going to study fine arts in New York so you say 'it is said'
'it is said' is normally used for quoting
e.g it is said that studying online may not be effective as studying in person

What do you think? Do you agree with him?

HIrashin
Only if it's clear from the tone of the speaker that they don't believe what's said.
 

hirashin

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Thanks for the help, Lothor. I'd like to hear Americans' views as well.
 

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I would say that it only means that the speaker doesn't have first hand knowledge. It doesn't necessarily mean s/he doubts it but it's hearsay and not verified information. You can tell by context or tone of voice if they believe it or not.

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Thank you for the help, mdchachi. I appreciate it. 
 
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