Phrasal Verbs – write

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to write’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common:

‘to write away for’ something means to send a letter or form asking for something.

  • I want a free copy so I’ll write away for one.
  • She has written away for a brochure with details of the course.

‘to write back’ means to reply.

  • I sent him a letter but he didn’t write back.
  • I wrote back saying that we would be happy to accept their invitation.

‘to write down’ means to record something on paper.

  • So I don’t forget, can you write that down, please?
  • I wrote down his phone number on a piece of paper but I can’t find it now.

‘to write in’ to an organisation means to send a letter to them.

  • To give us your comments on today’s show, write in to the usual address.
  • The first one hundred people who write in will receive a free copy.

‘to write off’ means that you decide someone or something is unimportant or not to be considered further.

  • Children who are not academic are often written off by schools instead of being helped.
  • Most companies write off any employee over fifty-five as they assume they are profitable.

‘to write off’ a car means to crash it so that it cannot be repaired.

  • She has had only one accident but she did write the car off.
  • There really isn’t much damage to the car. It won’t be written off by the insurance.

‘to write off’ a debt means to cancel it.

  • The rich countries in the West should write off the debts of the Third World.
  • We had to write off quite a lot of bad debts at the end of the year.

‘to write out’ means to note all the necessary information on a cheque or prescription.

  • Can you write me out a receipt for my accounts, please?
  • The doctor wrote out a prescription for the drugs and handed it to me.

‘to write up’ your notes means to record them on paper in a neat form.

  • After every class, I always write up my notes straight away.
  • She wrote up the minutes of the meeting and distributed them the next day.

‘to write up’ means to note something on a notice or board  on a wall.

  • The teacher wrote her name up on the board.
  • If you want to join, just write your name up on the notice board.


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