Quick answer
"Write down" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "anotar", and "write" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "escribir". Learn more about the difference between "write down" and "write" below.
write down
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to note down)
a. anotar
Write down her telephone number before you forget it.Anota su número de teléfono antes de que se te olvide.
b. apuntar
She writes down everything she spends because she's on a tight budget.Apunta todos sus gastos porque tiene un presupuesto muy ajustado.
c. escribir
No one has ever written down the history of this tribe.Nadie nunca escribió la historia de esta tribu.
2. (finance)
a. amortizar
Assets were written down to their fair market value.Los activos fueron amortizados a su valor justo de mercado.
b. depreciar
The bank has had to write down the value of its loans by 20%.El banco se vio obligado a depreciar el valor de sus préstamos en un 20%.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
3. (to write for an uncultured audience; often used with "to")
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Robert doesn't just talk down to people, he also write down to them.Robert no solo le habla a la gente con altanernía, también escribe así.
The columnist has been accused of writing down to the audience of the fashion magazine.Han acusado a a la columnista de usar lenguaje menos erudito cuando escribe cosas para la revista de moda.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in writing)
a. escribir
I wrote a list of things that make me happy.He escrito una lista de las cosas que me hacen feliz.
2. (computing)
a. escribir
The memory cannot be written.No se puede escribir en la memoria.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to correspond)
a. escribir
My son is learning to read and write.Mi hijo está aprendiendo a leer y escribir.
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