Write

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Disambiguation: This article is about the verb "to write"; for the skill see writing.

Write (/ˈraɪt/) is an English verb meaning "to form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate"[1]

It is an irregular lexical verb, and can be used as a reporting verb.

Write has the preterite "wrote" /ˈrəʊt/ and the past participle "written" (/ˈrɪtən/), and the -ing form "writing" (/ˈrɪtɪŋ(g)/). Its inflectional changes are identical to "ride" (ride/rode/ridden), "rise" (rise/rose/risen) and "drive" (drive/drove/driven).

It is an ambitransitive verb that can be used intransitively ("I write") or transitively "I wrote a letter" - in which case the direct object is the words or document. An indirect object is possible with a prepositional phrase "to" being the recipient of the writing, e.g. "I wrote a letter to my mother". This can undergo dative shift, particularly in informal contexts, e.g. "I wrote my mother a letter".

In American English it's also possible "to write someone",[2] but this would be an error in British English wherein it sounds absolutely horrid.

It can form compound verbs such as "hand-write", "overwrite", "underwrite" etc.

It is spelt with a silent W and write is a homophone with "right" and "rite", while "wrote" is a homophone of "rote". While "right" is a common word, "rite" and "rote" aren't.

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