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    #1

    Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

    ...Or any other phrasal verb consisting of two parts.

    I write down my thoughts daily.
    I write my thoughts down daily.

    I've seen both versions - could someone please tell me, which one is more preferable?

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    #2

    Re: Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

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    I've said each one to myself several times, but I still can't decide which one I prefer. Both are perfectly fine. Just flip a coin or something.

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    Re: Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

    Thanks for your opinion! It indeed is hard to decide. What do others think?

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    Re: Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frenger View Post
    Thanks for your opinion! It indeed is hard to decide. What do others think?
    SlickVic's post has been 'liked' by several people. That suggests that we agree with him. I do.

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    Re: Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frenger View Post
    What do others think?
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Okey-doke!

    (2) I have been thinking hard about your question, and I have decided that if I were

    forced to choose one, I should/would choose:

    I write my thoughts down daily.

    (a) Why? I really do not know, but here are a few random thoughts:

    (i) In "I write down my thoughts daily," I find that the word "down" gets too much

    stress/emphasis when I say that sentence out loud.

    (ii) In "I write my thoughts down daily," the sentence comes out of my mouth

    more smoothly and "naturally."

    (iii) Also, maybe I am accustomed to hearing this phrasal verb separated, for it

    is often used with a pronoun:

    Employee: I have a good idea for our company.

    Boss: Write it down! Write it down!

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    #6

    Re: Write down my thoughts or write my thoughts down?

    English teacher

    I just want to add what we were/are taught at school (I have no idea if the rule is strictly followed by native speakers).
    With phrasal verbs, adverb particles can go either before or after noun objects.
    I switched on the light and saw him sleeping on the sofa. / I switched the light on and...
    But: I switch it (the light) on and... / I write them (my thoughts) down daily.
    This means that adverb particles can only go after pronoun objects: I switch on it. (NO) / I write down them daily. (NO)
    Hope it is right and helps.
    WW

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