Do the needful?

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edited January 11 in Vocabulary
We have noticed that a number of our much-loved Indian students use this expression quite a lot  B)

Regarding, 'do the needful', here's what the Cambridge Dictionary has to say: 

This expression is an old-fashioned English expression or Indian English meaning to do what is necessary in a situation.

Our recommendation: since we never use this expression in modern English, replace 'do the needful' with a more modern expression.  For example, 'please give this issue your attention'.   




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