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    #1

    operaitng on him

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Operating on him is his only chance.

    2-Giving him this medication is his only chance to survive.

    I think it would be better to say who is going to operate on him or give him his medication ('our operating on him',...) but it seems to me that sentences like these are used by native speakers.... I am not sure though and I am not sure they would be acceptable in formal English.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: operaitng on him

    I find them perfectly acceptable, regardless of the formality.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: operaitng on him

    They're fine to me too- I don't see Our operating as an improvement without a specific context.

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    #4

    Re: operaitng on him

    However, I find "This operation is..." an improvement.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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