Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Let’s celebrate Episode 600!

Don’t write off Connection in pursuit of Perfection!

Today for episode 600 we’ll answer a listener question about the phrase “to write off” and we’ll show you how to use it today.

Go back and listen to Episode 500 to learn more about our mission to help you focus on Connection NOT Perfection when you learn English.

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Hi girls!

I am Fromtis Jundiai in Brazil.

I commute every day to São Paulo and I hear your podcast during my trip.

I love listening to your podcast! You have took me to next level of English learn.

Can you help me with an expression I read on CNN?

“We have written them off”

What does this phrase mean?

“To write someone off” or “to write something off”:

  • Meaning 1: To discount or to take out of the picture, to give up on, to stop considering them important


  • Meaning 2: A tax deduction. “To write off an expense on your tax return” means that you count something as a business expense such as a rental car for a business trip.

If you read this in CNN it could be either meaning.

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You’ll be able to understand the differences between the two ways that we use “to write off.”

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