"Dicen que" is a phrase which is often translated as "they say that", and "se dice que" is a phrase which is often translated as "it's said that". Learn more about the difference between "dicen que" and "se dice que" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (they speak; third person plural)
a. they say that
Han llamado Manuel y Sara. Dicen que no pueden venir a cenar esta noche.Manuel and Sara have called. They say that they cannot come for dinner tonight.
b. they say
He hablado con los dueños de la casa, y dicen que se harán cargo de todos los gastos.I've spoken with the house owners, and they say they'll take care of all the expenses.
c. people say that
Dicen que está siendo uno de los veranos más calurosos de todos los tiempos.People say that this is being one of the hottest summers of all time.
d. people say
Dicen que su madre se fugó con un artista de circo.People say her mother ran off with a circus artist.
2. (you speak; second person plural)
a. you say that
Dicen que hicieron todo lo posible para solucionar el problema, pero a mí no me lo parece.You say that you did everything possible to solve the problem, but I don't think so.
b. you say
Si dicen que no fueron ustedes los que rompieron la ventana, yo les creo.If you say it wasn't you who broke the window, I believe you.