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    Exclamation do the necessary


    Does the expression "to do the necessary" (=to do what is needed) exist in English?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Re: do the necessary

    Yes. It is colloquial, and is used to save spelling out details.
    In his declining years, he became incontinent. Each time we would do the necessary - it nearly wore the washing machine out.

    Here, 'necessary' is used to mean what is obvious - they undressed him, cleaned him, changed his clothes and washed them.

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