gpeters (gpeters) wrote,

I wrote that exam!

When I told a friend of mine I wrote the SAT, he was genuinely confused. To a speaker of American English, this sounds like you're claiming to have written the questions on the exam. So don't use "to write" this way in America. I thought, like a lot of my english that Americans don't understand, it was British. It isn't! It's not exactly Canadian, but it isn't British either.

A quick googlefight across the anglosphere shows this usage is unique to the commonwealth, and most common in South Africa. Canada trails, with "take an exam" actually being more common than "write an exam."
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