He wrote the car ______ in an accident.

a) down b) up c) by d) off e) out

I think it's "out" but I can't tell for sure.

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    My Google-fu skills led me to this article, indicating "wrote off" as a plausible candidate. – CowperKettle Dec 13 '15 at 13:44

To write off something is to acknowledge a significant loss in value which happens due to some action.

Your sentence :

He wrote the car off in an accident.

means the car was in a serious accident and possibly became unuseable, therefore its value significantly decreased, maybe to only salvage value.

Because the car was totalled in the accident, he wrote it off.

Because of the in, your sentence can have the awkward interpretation of :

While in the middle of having his accident, he devalued his car.

One does not usually write off something during an event, but only after the event has taken place.


"Off" is correct. It is an idiom. One can say afterwards that the "car was a total write-off" implying it can't be salvaged.

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