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My exam included this fill-in-the-blank question:

Please write __ this address. (on/at/to)

I filled the blank with on.

Is that correct?

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In fact, no preposition is required here at all. Please write this address. – choster Apr 23 '13 at 5:27
@choster Is that a British usage? In AmE we would say "to." – John M. Landsberg Apr 23 '13 at 5:58
yep.Its British. – Bit_hunter Apr 23 '13 at 6:18
A preposition is required here - the context is an exam, and the option to omit a preposition is not given. The meaning would change were no preposition used: Please write this address = (approximately) Please print this address. It is not traditional UK usage to 'write someone' (unless followed by a direct object, such as 'a letter'), and certainly not to 'write somewhere'. In BrE we would also say 'to'. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 23 '13 at 7:31
I realize the context is an exam, which is why I left a comment and not an answer. But I'm American and also find it perfectly natural to say things like If you have questions or comments, please write this address. – choster Apr 23 '13 at 12:39
up vote 4 down vote accepted

You can write on paper or any surface, such as a hand or on a wall.
You can also write on a subject or topic according to this website: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/write+on (but I'm not entirely convinced).

So "Please write on this address" I would interpret to mean the inscriber has to write over a pre-typed address. "On" in this case indicates place. The request sounds odd to me but from a grammatical point of view it is arguably correct.

As for using the preposition "at" I would consider the sentence to be incomplete. A direct object is needed.

"Please write to me/him/her/us/them at this address"

My preferred answer would be: "Please write to this address" You are asked to communicate and transfer your message from one place (presumably your home) to another ("this address"). http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/to?s=t

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If a preposition is required, "to" would be the preferred. "At" would also be acceptable, although possibly formal/archaic.

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