Your quotation has been approved. kindly do the needful in this regard.


Your quotation has been approved. kindly do the needful in this regard.

asked Sep 03 '13 at 06:23 asu New member

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Please do not use kindly and do the needful in your sentence.


This article is written by Mr. Jeff on the phrase "Do the needful".



"It's a usage that anyone who has ever worked in an office in India is probably aware of. "The needful" is one of the more notorious relics that haunt Indian English today. Taken literally, it means "that which is needed". But there's more to it than that. It has the property of making you feel both helpless and annoyed at the same time - helpless because you can't figure out what it is you're meant to do, and annoyed at the condescending tone of the speaker.

In its defense, "do the needful" is a victim of its own good intentions. Used as early as the 18th century in England, it implies respect and trust towards the listener by expecting him  to understand what the speaker has in mind without actually spelling it out. The problem with this is that it leaves the listener free to decide what the speaker intended, which can, as time has proven, lead to bad things.

While most native speakers have outgrown the phrase, India hasn't, which results in its being labeled an 'Indian-ism' and often ridiculed. To be honest, "do the needful" sounds like something out of a bad martial arts movie.... But as far as possible, if you know what you want the listener to do, just spell it out. Save yourself the embarrassment of having to explain what you really meant by stating it explicitly the first time. Quit hiding behind "the needful". The next time you want a sandwich, say "Make me a sandwich". Try to avoid using the phrase "do the needful." It went out of style decades ago, about the time the British left. Using it today indicates you are a dinosaur, a dinosaur with bad grammar. You may use the phrase humorously, to poke fun at such archaic speech, or other dinosaurs. “Will you do the needful?” “Of course, and I’ll send you a telegram to let you know it's done too.”

link comment answered Sep 04 '13 at 15:31 Sanjay Expert

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