In the sentence "把它写下来", what's the meaning of “下来”?

Can I just say "把它写"?

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下来 is a result complement for the verb 写

把它写(下来) = write it (down)

把它写 is an incomplete sentence because the verb 写 doesn't sound complete

把它写在纸上 (write it on paper) would be a complete sentence

Please read result complement at Chinese Grammar Wiki

  • It’s a direction complement
    – blackgreen
    Sep 5, 2020 at 11:20
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    下 is a direction 下来 is a result (down on a surface) similar to 放下 (direction) -- 放下来 (completed the action 放下)
    – Tang Ho
    Sep 5, 2020 at 11:30

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