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how do you say "said/says" in japanese?

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For example, " 'I want to be a doctor,' she said. " "He always says he likes Nika-chan!" how would I say "said" and "says?" arigatou~!

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    say=言います(Polite) Iimasu  言う(Informal) Iu/Yuu
    said=言いました(Polite) Iimashita 言った(Informal) Itta

    'I want to be a doctor,' she said. Can be translated to:
    =彼女は医者になりたいと言いました(Or 言った)
     Kanojyo wa isha ni naritai to iimashita (itta)
    =”医者になりたい”と彼女は言いました(言った)   
     ”Isha ni naritai" to kanojyo wa iimashita(itta)
    Either way will be fine.

    "He always says he likes Nika-chan!" Can be translated to:
    彼はいつもニカちゃんのことが好きだと言います(言う)。
    Kare wa itsumo nikachan no koto ga sukidato iimasu(Iu)

    Or, you can translate to:
    彼はいつもニカチャンのことが好きだと言っています(言っている)。
    Kare wa itsumo nikachan no koto ga suki dato itteimasu(itteiru)

    *The last one explains the condition. ”He likes nikachan" is the current(or general) situation/condition, therefore you can use "Verb+ーています( -teimasu)”Form

    日本語の勉強がんばってね ;)

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