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Hello,


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

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David L.

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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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