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    nora2000 is offline Newbie
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    Default write and write down - check and check out ?

    write and write down

    check and check out

    Are they same or different in meaning ?

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    Default Re: write and write down - check and check out ?

    No:

    Write a letter to your mother.
    Write down what I dictate to you.

    Please check your bank account before buying anything else.
    You need to check out if you have enough money in your account before buying anything else.

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    Default Re: write and write down - check and check out ?

    I agree with Anglika's first example pair, but I don't feel we'd see it the same way in American English regarding the second pair.

    Check means verify, for us, while "check out" has 2 meanings: one is colloquial for take a look with a view to make an esthtetic judgment: "Check out Sandra's new shoes; now check out her legs." The other means to borrow a book from a library, to check out a book.

    We wouldn't say "Check out if..." anything here, especially not for a factual matter, where we'd just go with "check."

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