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    Needful

    Is the word "needful" correct?

    The sentence used is: Please do the needful
    Which one is more appropriated, "Please do as required", "Please do as needed", "Please do the necessary" or "Please do the needful".

    What i am looking for is requesting someone to take necessary steps

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Needful

    Quote Originally Posted by muttalebm View Post
    Is the word "needful" correct?

    The sentence used is: Please do the needful
    Which one is more appropriated, "Please do as required", "Please do as needed", "Please do the necessary" or "Please do the needful".

    What i am looking for is requesting someone to take necessary steps

    Thanks in advance
    -muttalebm
    We see "Please do the needful" on this forum quite regularly. It seems to be perfectly acceptable in some forms of English (Indian English, for example), but it does not work in British English (nor AmE, I think).

    I would use "Please take the necessary steps" or "Please take the necessary action".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Needful

    It's incorrect in AmE, too.

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    Re: Needful

    It's very common and completely acceptable in Indian (South Asian) English.

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