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    #1

    the person you are writing

    Hello,

    I have to find a mistake in the sentece below and correct it.

    Type the address of the person you are writing.

    Would American speakers find this sentence good without to at the end?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: the person you are writing

    You didn't ask about British speakers but I'll tell you anyway.

    It needs to at the end.

    My guess is that American speakers will concur.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: the person you are writing

    Thank you, Rover.

    I didn't ask about British speakers because I knew what they would tell me

    Does the lack of replies from AmE speakers mean they do concur?

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    #4

    Re: the person you are writing

    I think we can take it that they do.

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: the person you are writing

    Although I've certainly heard/read AmE using, for example "Write me!", "Please write your mother soon", "He wrote me last year" I don't think I've ever seen it used the way you used it in your original question.

    "Can you tell me who you're writing?"
    "Tell me the postcode of the person I'm writing."

    For some reason these sound very unnatural to me even though they clearly follow the same pattern as my first examples, in not using the word "to".

    As you already knew, in BrE, we would always use "to".

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    #6

    Re: the person you are writing

    The Americans were all out watching parades, going to the beach, or having cookouts today. Some of us even remembered to honor our veterans.

    I'm fine without the "to" in spoken English although I would include it in careful writing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: the person you are writing

    I'd throw a "to" in there.

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    #8

    Re: the person you are writing

    But would you flinch if someone said it to you?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: the person you are writing

    No. It doesn't grate or anything.

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    #10

    Re: the person you are writing

    Same here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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