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    Can you use a construction verb + obj. + infinitive (I told you to do it) with the verb to write? I.e. is there a shorter way to say this?
    In my email I wrote telling you to get ready by 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    Can you use a construction verb + obj. + infinitive (I told you to do it) with the verb to write? I.e. is there a shorter way to say this?
    In my email I wrote telling you to get ready by 8.
    No, there is no shorter way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    Can you use a construction verb + obj. + infinitive (I told you to do it) with the verb to write? I.e. is there a shorter way to say this?
    In my email I wrote telling you to get ready by 8.

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I always thought that it was OK (at least in conversational American

    English) to say:

    Martha: Why are you late? It's already 9:30.

    Tom: What are you talking about?

    Martha: I wrote you to be here by 8.

    Tom: Well, I never received your note.

    (2) Have I been wrong all these many years?


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) I always thought that it was OK (at least in conversational American

    English) to say:

    Martha: Why are you late? It's already 9:30.

    Tom: What are you talking about?

    Martha: I wrote you to be here by 8.

    Tom: Well, I never received your note.

    (2) Have I been wrong all these many years?


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    In BrE we tend to write to somebody.

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    Hi licinio

    Quote Originally Posted by licinio View Post
    Can you use a construction verb + obj. + infinitive (I told you to do it) with the verb to write? I.e. is there a shorter way to say this?
    In my email I wrote telling you to get ready by 8.
    As a NES, but not a teacher:

    A simpler way of putting it (avoiding the suggested construction) might be:

    "In my email, I asked you to be ready by 8."

    I personally prefer short sentences. The only problem is that it takes longer to write a short sentence than a long one!

    Hope this helps
    R21

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