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    Writing To You vs Writing you

    to a closed thread of 2007 I'd like to add an explanation to the subject above:
    it seems to me that in English as in other languages, the action of the verb falls or 'conjugates' on the predicate. for example I write words, letters, poems, novels. Writing is a verb that occurs or applies to words, or works that are a group or collection of words. you don't write people, you write characters in a novel perhaps, but what writing is necessarily words, so from that premise, I'm writing to or for all those who might read this explanation.
    similarly we wouldn't say I cook you, unless I'm literally putting a person in a pot. I would say I cook for you, one loves someone else, one likes someone, one misses someone, but one does not write someone else.
    I hope this thinking is logical, and clear to those who read it.

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    Re: Writing To You vs Writing you

    Welcome to the forum, Wild4Bits.

    Please remember to start every new sentence with a capital letter.

    We look forward to reading your contributions to more recent threads — but please state that you are not a teacher, in accordance with the Posting Guidelines. (Click on the underlined link.)

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    Re: Writing To You vs Writing you

    Many people do say I will write you, and almost everyone says I will phone you, so the logic doesn't serve to make the sentence impossible, though I don't use it.

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    Re: Writing To You vs Writing you

    I use both of those expressions. The preposition is not needed.

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    Re: Writing To You vs Writing you

    Write you is AmE to me, but it is definitely crossing the Atlantic, which isn't surprising as we already say I will write you a letter.

    PS I do use Phone/text/SMS/email you.

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    Re: Writing To You vs Writing you

    We use e-mail you and text you. It is consistent.

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