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"The news/article/post says ..."

Is it correct to say

(a) Der Spiegel sagt, dass ...

(b) Der Artikel sagt, dass ...

(c) Die (Facebook-)Post sagt, dass ...

or should the verb "sagen" not be used here?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

The most common way to talk about pieces of writing is using the verb "stehen"

In dem Artikel steht, dass...

Auf Seite 3 steht, dass...

Ich habe einen Flyer und da steht, dass...

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Can I also say "Auf dem (Facebook-)Post steht, dass ..."? – boaten Apr 25 '14 at 0:27
@boaten: "In dem Post steht, dass..." would be more correct. Basically, if you have to open it, stuff is written in it (think letters/'Briefe'). – LarissaGodzilla Apr 25 '14 at 7:22

In my opinion, it is not inherently wrong to use "sagen" as in your examples, however, it sounds a bit strange to me since "sagen" is commonly used in conjunction with real persons:

Der Autor des Artikels sagt, dass
Der Spiegel-Autor Max Mustermann sagt, dass

Nevertheless, you can sometimes see "Die Bild sagt" in headlines, but usually not in texts of higher level.

In contrast, the verbs "aussagen" and "besagen"* do work with things. Note that both have slightly different meanings though!

(b) Der Artikel sagt aus, dass
(b) The article declares/states that

(c) Der (Facebook-)Post besagt, dass
(c) The (facebook) post indicates that

Note: it is der Post (with an English pronunciation) if meant as a contribution or a post on a website.

*) The same also applies to "absagen".

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I'd like to suggest a more formal alternative

Laut X

literally according to X. You don't have to use it every time but it's handy to mix things up. Laut is usually used in reference to a scientist or study or something similar.

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You should probably take some of those suggested edits to heart. – Ingmar Apr 25 '14 at 3:38
I will when i see a constructive one. Downvoting simply for having yours refused is pretty unprofessional. – emaltman Apr 25 '14 at 3:39
Looks like I'm not the only one. And I down-voted your answer not because you rolled back my edit, but because it's low quality. Sure, style is in the eye of the beholder. Spelling and orthography? Not so much. – Ingmar Apr 25 '14 at 4:34
Nitpicking tping is not productive to the original question. Please contribute or leave the thread. – emaltman Apr 25 '14 at 4:35
Please take note that we are a language site, hence edits of typos or grammar errors even if minor are encouraged and welcome. In addition we should not feel bad if people took their time to improve formatting, as a consistent format of posts increases usablity. Posts with typos or grammar itches should however be edited rather than downvoted because the reason for a downvote will be gone after an edit. In this specific case downvotes now indicate that this answer is wrong. This may not have been what we wanted. "Laut..." is an appropriate way of quoting. – Takkat Apr 25 '14 at 7:27

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