Quick answer
"Write" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "escribir", and "write up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "redactar". Learn more about the difference between "write" and "write up" below.
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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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 write something thoroughly)
a. redactar
I'm going to write up the notes from today's meeting.Voy a redactar los apuntes de la reunión de hoy.
b. poner al día (diary)
Every night, I write up my diary.Cada noche, pongo mi diario al día.
c. pasar en limpio (notes)
I'll write up my notes from class and send them to you later.Voy a pasar en limpio mis apuntes de clase y mandártelos luego.
d. pasar a limpio (notes)
Regionalism used in Spain
The journalist wrote up the notes from the interview and sent them to her editor.La periodista pasó a limpio los apuntes de la entrevista y se los mandó a su editor.
2. (to record something)
a. describir por escrito
Would you please write up your recollection of the accident?Por favor, ¿describirías por escrito lo que recuerdas del accidente?
3. (to review)
a. escribir una reseña de
The journalist wrote up the play in the local paper.El periodista escribió una reseña de la obra de teatro en el periódico local.
b. escribir una crítica de
I hope someone writes up this independent movie.Espero que alguien escriba una crítica de esta película independiente.
4. (to report someone for misbehavior)
a. reportar
I'm going to have to write you up for speeding.Tendré que reportarte por exceder el límite de velocidad.
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