Dizer is an irregular verb.

It can have different meanings (to say, to tell, to speak) depending on context. 

The third person singular (ele/ela = he/she/it) is used a lot in newspapers.








Ele/Ela diz/disse que … He/She/It says/said that

Exemplo: COI diz que 80% dos ingressos dos Jogos Olímpicos já estão vendidos.

Example: IOC says that 80% of the Olympic Games tickets are already sold.

COI (Comitê Olímpico Internacional) = IOC (International Olympic Committee)

Remark: You can find more explanations and exercises in my Portuguese Grammar book (page 153) and Portuguese course (Lesson 11 and Lesson 17). 

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