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    #1

    verb 'write'

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    Do we say 'Write English' or 'Write in English'?

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    #2

    Re: verb 'write'

    'Write in English'.

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    Re: verb 'write'

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    Could you please explain why? We say ' speak English'. there is no preposition involved, and how is 'write in English' deemed grammatical?

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    #4

    Re: verb 'write'

    I don't know.

    I just wrote what sounded more natural to me, as I felt sorry for you having to wait such a long time for an answer.

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: verb 'write'

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    Could you please explain why? We say ' speak English'. there is no preposition involved, and how is 'write in English' deemed grammatical?

    Thanks
    The only reason I can think of is, if you say "write English", it could be construed as an instruction to write the word "English". Whereas, with "speak English" there is no such ambiguity.
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    #6

    Re: verb 'write'

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    Do we say 'Write English' or 'Write in English'?

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    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) Aren't both correct?

    ***

    Tom: Can you speak English?

    Mona: Yes.

    Tom: Can you read English?

    Mona: Yes.

    Tom: Can you write English?

    Mona: Yes.

    "write English" = a general statement that you are able to

    communicate using the writing system of the English language.

    (Compare. Martha: Can you write Chinese?

    Ralph: No way! Those characters are too hard to memorize!)

    ***

    Ms. Smith (the boss): Can you write a letter for me in English?

    Tony: Yes.

    write in English = a statement that you are able to use the English

    writing system to write a specific item (a letter, a diary, a novel,

    etc.)

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    #7

    Re: verb 'write'

    Hi,

    Thanks for the clear explanation of 'write'. However, can we say 'Could you please speak to me in English?' as opposed to a general rule, "Please speak English to me".

    Thanks again.

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    #8

    Re: verb 'write'

    You certainly can say that, Seb.

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    #9

    Re: verb 'write'

    1) Can you write English?
    2) Can you write in English?

    In 1) English is a noun. English = the English language.

    In 2) 'in English' is an adverbial of manner.

    Both are acceptable and semantically equal.

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