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    What is the correct way to say:

    "solutions which offer better treatment options to our patients"
    or
    "solutions which offer better treatment options for our patients"
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    thanks a lot in advance

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    • Solutions which offer better treatment options to help our patients.
    • Solutions which offer better treatment options for our patients.

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    "solutions which offer better treatment options to our patients"
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    "solutions which offer better treatment options for our patients"

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    Both are correct, but imply different situations:

    A very overweight man discusses with his doctor the treatment options available: working with dieticians to reduce weight by dieting; liposuction and skin reduction; or stomach-size reduction by stapling.
    "solutions which offer better treatment options to our patients" implies that these options would be explained to the patient, AND THE PATIENT might decide which he wants. (The doctor might explain all three, but indicate that only two options are appropriate for the patient, and the patient then chooses.)

    compare:
    "solutions which offer better treatment options for our patients"
    A new cancer wing of a hospital is being opened, with a revolutionary new electro-magnetic cancer-bombarding radiation machine; and they have also installed a revolutionary new blue-light laser machine that is suitable for some types of cancer.
    At a ceremony opening the ward, were doctors and other medical staff are gathered, the Chief of Medicine might mention these two new pieces of equipment, and comment that, together with the traditional treatments of surgery, and chemo-therapy, "the hospital is now able to offer better treatment options for our patients" - that is, each doctor now has a greater choice when deciding the best treatment option for his patient with a particular form of cancer.

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    Hello Excalibur,

    I have just read your answer and I am a little perplex about the explanation. In the fisrt case with the use of the particule 'to' you mean that it is right but It is used for a conversation betweeen the patient and its doctor.

    You think it's not possible to say this phrase (the first sentence) to another doctor or in a meeting.

    I am not English, I am just a learner but the border sense of the both acception it's slim.

    Thanks.

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    Good point of clarification!

    Yes, one doctor could say this to another. The real issue is whether 'options' are offered to the patient, who then chooses among the options ;

    ...or whether the doctor has options, and uses his medical judgment about the best option for treatment with that particular patient. That is, the patient does not choose from the options. Options are available to the doctor for treatment of patients, but the doctor decides the best option for that particular patient.

    If still not clear, say so!
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    Hello,

    It is very subtil. I understand well the difference between the both sentences.

    Thanks for your reply, and good afternoon.

    See you soon on the site.

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    Look forward to it.

    It is very subtil. I understand well the difference between the both sentences.

    It's very/quite subtle. I now understand the difference between the two sentences."

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    Thanks for the correction.

    Is it not possible to write 'I understand well' ? Is the grammar wrong?

    See you later.

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    'I understand well' is correct grammar, but, as an expression, is more suitable for politicians and other orators:

    "I understand well Israel's need for self-defense. Nevertheless, I urge the members of the Security Council to consider restraint in any UN proposal to..."

    At a lower level of speaking with authority e.g. a headmaster addressing angry parents outraged about some matter at his school:

    "I well understand your concerns about..."

    In ordinary conversation - using correct grammar - "I understand..." is enough, or variations:
    "Thanks. I can understand it now."
    Last edited by Excalibur; 21-Nov-2009 at 13:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Thanks for the correction.

    Is it not possible to write 'I understand well' ? Is the grammar wrong?
    I would say "I understand well" suits you fine; use it.

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