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Dear Ted:

Is it "to write out a check" or "to make out a check"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Also, what other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the word "check"?

What about "bounce back" and "rebounce"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

P.S. Ted, is the question "What other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the word 'check'" grammatically correct?

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Dear Paolo:


Is it "to write out a check" or "to make out a check"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** They are correct and they mean the same thing.

EXAMPLES:

Please make out a check payable to the Pizza Hut restaurant.

I am going to write out a check to pay for our pizzas.

Also, what other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the word "check"?

*** You should look at an online thesaurus, because there are so many meanings.
For instance:  Check each box on the application form.  I am going to check out several used cars that are advertised in today's newspaper.

What about "bounce back" and "rebounce"?

*** Bounce back -- She quickly bounced back to being her old self, after she was released from the hospital.

John bounced the basketball to Tim, and Tim bounced it back to John.

*** The word "rebounce" is not in my dictionaries.  You could use the word "rebound," which has a similar meaning.

John missed the basketball shot, but Tim made it on the rebound.



Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

P.S. Ted, is the question "What other verbs or infinitive phrases go with the
word 'check'" grammatically correct?

*** YES

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