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    Necessary or Needful

    Which one is right?
    ‘I shall do the necessary’ or 'I shall do the needful'
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Necessary or Needful

    This is an innovation of Indian English.

    Needful is an adjective. Necessary is most always used as an adjective.

    I would say "I will do what is necessary" or "I will do the necessary things."

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    Re: Necessary or Needful

    Which means it cannot be used with SHALL is it? Only with will.

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    Re: Necessary or Needful

    Quote Originally Posted by sahanav View Post
    Which means it cannot be used with SHALL is it? Only with will.
    You can use it with "shall", it's just that in the US and the UK we tend not to use "shall" very much any more. It's perfectly acceptable in Indian English, as is "do the needful". "Do the necessary", however, is not used.

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