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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    "write you" or "write to you" ?

    Would you say :
    I meant to "write you"
    or
    I meant to "write to you" ?

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    #2

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    Yes!

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    #3

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    (They mean the same thing.)


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    #4

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    If you have a direct and an indirect object you can do without 'to':

    I'll write him a letter tomorrow.

    If there is only one object (indicating the addressee of the action) in the sentence you need 'to':
    I'll write to him tomorrow.

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    #5

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    If you have a direct and an indirect object you can do without 'to':

    I'll write him a letter tomorrow.

    If there is only one object (indicating the addressee of the action) in the sentence you need 'to':
    I'll write to him tomorrow.
    It might just be an American idiom. In U.S. English, "I'll write him tomorrow" is fine.

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    #6

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It might just be an American idiom. In U.S. English, "I'll write him tomorrow" is fine.
    Not in BrE. I'll write 'him' tomorrow?

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    #7

    Re: "write you" or "write to you" ?

    Ah, well. We're about to get David L. started, aren't we?

    Now excuse me while I drag my hirsute American knuckles out of here. When the coast is clear, write me....

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