Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Needful

  1. #1
    muttalebm is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bengali; Bangla
      • Home Country:
      • Bangladesh
      • Current Location:
      • Bangladesh
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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
    -muttalebm

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    21,306
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default 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.

  3. #3
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    8,882
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Needful

    It's incorrect in AmE, too.

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    21,648
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Needful

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

Similar Threads

  1. [General] be backward in coming forward/ the needful
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Nov-2010, 22:23
  2. Pls do the needful
    By nickzax in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jul-2010, 12:53
  3. Needful Things
    By Miner49'er in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 05-Jul-2008, 20:13

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk