Is the usage correct?-Do the needful
Please "do the needful". Does this word exist in the current usage? I have seen people using this usage in the formal letters. An Australian native speaker told me that the word "do the needful" is incorrect and suggested me to use the phrase "do what is required/necessary" in future. Are there any other phrases to use it?
Of the bunch, I am the architect (and cultural landscape historian in my spare time). I live in California -- the San Francisco Bay Area.
In general, Californians have a somewhat neutral accent similar to Tolley's New Mexico. However, parts of California have been settled in waves of migration from other places in the United States. So in various regions, you still find strong Southern, Texan, or Midwest flavors.
I almost found myself in Pune, India about four years ago. I was in Beruit, Lebanon for project meetings -- a biomedical research laboratory and Health Sciences College in Saudi Arabia. For an afternoon, it appeared that I might have to fly to Pune to meet with some of the engineers. In the end, it was decided that the engineers would fly to Lebanon. If I remember, Pune is almost 900 kilometers north of Bangalore and closer to the coast -- right Sanjay?
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