write down - take down

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by Magteraven, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Magteraven Member

    Mexico City.
    Hello, I´ve a doubt that I hope you can help me to solve. Can these two words have the same meaning?
  2. phantom2007 Senior Member

    spain, Spanish
    Yes, in a way.

    Take down is to write down a note about something.
    Write down is to put something (an idea, a comment, etc.) in written
  3. grahamcracker Senior Member

    Yes, they absolutely can. You can say, "Write it down" or "Take it down". You can put the pronoun/direct object afterwards also.

    Other variations:
    Write this down.
    Take this down.
    Write down this.
    Take down this.
  4. Magteraven Member

    Mexico City.
    Thank you. Just another question, are both commonly used?
  5. phantom2007 Senior Member

    spain, Spanish
    Yo insisto que no son idénticos y cada uno se usa según su contexto.

    No diría "I will sit and take down a my new novel", but write o write down my new novel And I would not my secretary to write down my boss comments in a meeting, but take down the notes.

    Pero es mi opinión y no me parece que la anterior haya sido tenida muy en cuenta. Suerte, pues.
  6. inib

    inib Senior Member

    La Rioja, Spain
    British English
    The question is if they can mean the same, and I would say yes. That doesn't mean they are always used interchangeably.
    And, yes, they are both common.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  7. Masood

    Masood Senior Member

    Leicester, England
    British English
    As phrasal verbs, yes.
  8. Magteraven Member

    Mexico City.
    Thank you everyone, your remarks helped me a lot.

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