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taked4700

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Hi,

I sometimes come across sentences which include "write of" such as "Early American settlers[FONT=arial, sans-serif] [/FONT]wrote of sleepless nights,of frogs driving them almost crazy during spring."

I guess this sentence is idiomatic,but wonder if 'write of' and 'write about' are interchangeable or not in this sentence.

What difference do you see between 'write of' and 'write about' in general?

Thanks in advance.
 

bhaisahab

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Hi,

I sometimes come across sentences which include "write of" such as "Early American settlerswrote of sleepless nights,of frogs driving them almost crazy during spring."

I guess this sentence is idiomatic,but wonder if 'write of' and 'write about' are interchangeable or not in this sentence.

What difference do you see between 'write of' and 'write about' in general?

Thanks in advance.

There is no difference in meaning.
 

Gillnetter

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Hi,

I sometimes come across sentences which include "write of" such as "Early American settlerswrote of sleepless nights,of frogs driving them almost crazy during spring."
I guess this sentence is idiomatic,but wonder if 'write of' and 'write about' are interchangeable or not in this sentence.

What difference do you see between 'write of' and 'write about' in general?

Thanks in advance.
Early American settlers wrote about sleepless nights, about frogs driving them almost crazy during spring.

I can't see much between the two in the example you provided. About the only difference, and it is quite subtle, is that the usage of "of" is a bit more formal. That they are interchangeable here does not indicate that "of" and "about" are always interchangeable.
 
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