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Meet the wonderful ' to.' Mr. can act as a quotation marker ("). Don't confuse this with the that means 'and.' Very often if you are quoting someone or some source. This is best shown with examples:

「俺はスーパマン」言いました。
ore wa su-paman to iimashita.
He said, "I am Superman."

あの絵は十世紀に作った書いてあります。
ano e wa juu seiki ni tsukutta to kaite arimasu.
The book says (it is written) that this painting was made in the 10th century.

It can also be used to mark sound effects of things or animals:

あの犬は「ワン」言いました。
ano inu wa 'wan' to iimashita.
That dog barked, "bark"

There are many other usages for 'to.' Paying attention to each usage will help you get a good grasp.

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That dog barked, "bark"

That dog barked, "bark"

Wow... Maybe "That dog said "woof"" would be better.

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It probably would be. :)

It probably would be. :)

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