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    Default Phrasal verb form: write

    Good morning,

    I was reading the phrasal verb list of the verb write and then I've got a doubt in when to use write out and write up. It seems to be have the same meaning. Can you please clear my mind with the correct usage of them?

    Write in: Writing a text to an organiation.
    Write out: Write a text in a complete form.

    Write up: Write a text in a complete form.
    Write down: Write a text in a short form.

    Write off: Destroy the car in an accident.

    Thanks in advance for your prompt response.

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    Default Re: Phrasal verb form: write

    I'd say "write out" means to write completely -- with respect to what's in your mind, (to write out your confession) whereas write up means to write completely with respect to an external standard (write up a report, write up a complaint on a form...).

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    Default Re: Phrasal verb form: write

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    Write up
    Write off


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Phrasal verbs have so many different meanings. It is a very difficult matter.

    (2) Here are some examples:

    (a) You have been doing a very bad job. Sorry, but I have to write you up.

    = give you a bad evaluation.

    (b) Tom: Mr. ___ is so rude and insecure. Do you think that he will ever change?

    Mona: No, he won't. I have written him off. = He is hopeless.

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    Default Re: Phrasal verb form: write

    Write out and write up have different meaning :

    write out, a. to put into writing.

    b. to write in full form; state completely.

    c. to exhaust the capacity or resources of by excessive writing: He's just another author who has written himself out.

    write up, a. to put into writing, especially in full detail: Write up a report.


    b. to present to public notice in a written description or account.

    c. Accounting . to make an excessive valuation of (an asset).


    i hope you get the point .

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    Default Re: Phrasal verb form: write

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanaa Elsayed Heragy View Post
    Write out and write up have different meanings :

    write out, a. to put into writing.

    b. to write in full form; state completely.

    [...]

    write up, a. to put into writing, especially in full detail: Write up a report.
    They can be used with different meanings but, as the definitions above show, there can be overlap.

    If your definitions are from a dictionary, please quote the source. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Phrasal verb form: write

    These definitions are from a dictionary
    You can find them at :

    dictionary.reference.com/browse/write%20out

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