Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jan 2008
    • Posts: 559
    #1

    Which would be better?

    Hi, everyone!

    As for the following sentences, which one would be better to mean " The patient had a difficult operation yesterday"?

    A: The patient went thorugh a difficult operation yesterday.
    B: The patient underwent a difficult operation yesterday.

    Thank you.

    optimistic pessimist

  1. RedMtl's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Feb 2008
    • Posts: 171
    #2

    Smile Re: Which would be better?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi, everyone!

    As for the following sentences, which one would be better to mean " The patient had a difficult operation yesterday"?

    A: The patient went thorugh [through] a difficult operation yesterday.
    B: The patient underwent a difficult operation yesterday.

    Thank you.

    optimistic pessimist
    B sounds more fluid. However, one would be perfectly well understood if using the other option.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
    • Posts: 5,409
    #3

    Re: Which would be better?

    'UNDERGO' (past tense 'underwent') has the meaning that one is subjected to something unpleasant. Compare the following, where we would not use "undergo/underwent":

    She has been through a difficult time.
    She went through some difficult times in her youth.
    He went through a difficult time when his child took seriously ill.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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