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optimistic pessimist

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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.

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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.
 

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'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.
 
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