Write off – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To write off a vehicle is to damage it so badly that it cannot be repaired.

A write-off (noun) is a vehicle that is so badly damaged it cannot be repaired.

Examples of use:

1. I crashed my car at the weekend and it’s a write-off.

2. If he continues to drive that fast he’ll write off his car, and might injure someone.

If you write off a sum of money you accept that you have lost it or that it will not be repaid.

Examples of use:

1. I lent my sister some money last year but I don’t think she can repay me so I’ve written it off.

2. Why don’t you speak to your bank manager and ask if he will write off your overdraft?

infinitive – write off

present simple – write off and writes off

-ing form – writing off

past simple – wrote off

past participle – written off

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