I am playing with my son and the toy suddenly made a sound of "I love you".

How do I express in that situation?

Do you hear the toy saying or sounding "I love you"?

But only human can say, objects like a toy can't, right?

  • Objects can say things; my car says things; my computer does too. Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 13:01
  • There was an incident in the 1980s when speaking dolls were on sale in the US. The voice device was crude, and the words fuzzy. Due to a delivery error, a California store in a mainly Anglo area got dolls with Spanish voice chips. Instead of saying "I love Mommy" they said "Quiero Mami" and caused a scare because the kids thought the doll was saying "Kill our mommy". Commented Mar 19, 2020 at 17:31

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The Cambridge Dictionary defines say as

to pronounce words or sounds, to express a thought, opinion, or suggestion, or to state a fact or instruction

There is no requirement for the speaker to be human. If a device (toy, lift, ATM, etc) makes noises that are intended to sound like speech, we use the word say.

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