Let's say a teacher is going to have their student to write a few example sentences with a certain word in their notebook. Would they say write or write down to tell the students to do that. For example:

Now I want you to write a few example sentences in the present continuous.

Now I want you to write down a few example sentences in the present continuous.

Can both be used in the context? If so, is there any difference in meaning between them?

  • Same thing but down is more emphatic. – Lambie Feb 19 at 17:22

There is a big difference between write and write down.

  • Write speaks about composing something: a sentence, a book, a phrase, a poem.

  • Write down means to put something into writing, to apply writing onto a piece of paper or some other material.

If the students are asked to "write" a few sentences this may either may to compose them and then write them down or to just write down what the teacher will be telling them. However, if they are asked to "write down" a few sentences then the sentence already exist and should simply be placed into writing.

  • But what if I said "write down a few English verbs and make a few sentences with them". It is obvious that you cannot compose English verbs. Can I use "write" in the sentence with the same meaning there? – Dmytro O'Hope Mar 3 '20 at 11:37
  • @DmytroO'Hope You can compose them in your head (bring them up in your memory) and then write them down. – SovereignSun Mar 3 '20 at 11:42
  • So they are interchangable in my sentence in the comment, right? – Dmytro O'Hope Mar 3 '20 at 11:58
  • @DmytroO'Hope No, they have a different meaning. Reread the answer. – SovereignSun Mar 3 '20 at 11:59

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