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    Smile What does "We write a book" mean?

    Does it mean:

    A) We each have a book to write

    Or

    B) It's a collaborative project and we work together to write one single book

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: What does "We write a book" mean?

    (A) means two people writing two books.

    If it is a collaborative effort, you should say:

    We are writing a book.

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    Re: What does "We write a book" mean?

    "We write a book" would be a very uncommon sentence. Do you mean "We are writing a book"? tedmc is half right, but you use the progressive in both cases.
    "We are each writing a book."
    "We are writing a book together."

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    Re: What does "We write a book" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "We write a book" would be a very uncommon sentence. Do you mean "We are writing a book"? tedmc is half right, but you use the progressive in both cases.
    "We are each writing a book."
    "We are writing a book together."
    I think Raymott's sentences are clear.

    I guess, "We write a book" is a sentence that we might find in a grammar textbook that teaches verbal conjugations, but it is a lot more clear and practical to say, "We are each writing a book" or "We are writing a book together."

    So to answer the original question, "We write a book" by itself doesn't mean anything.

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    Re: What does "We write a book" mean?

    Sometimes the simple present tense without context doesn't work.

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    Re: What does "We write a book" mean?

    Talking about, say, your school timetable, you could say 'For the first half hour after dinner we write our diary...', but I can't think of a plausible context for 'we write a book'.

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