Is it acceptable in English?

Suresh   Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:50 pm GMT
Hi Everone!!

Is it acceptable in American or British English.

"please do the needful!"

Thanks Much
Lazar   Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:01 pm GMT
No, it doesn't sound natural. It might work in a flowery poetic context, but not in regular discourse. You'd have to say "Please do what's necessary" or "Please do what's needed".
Suresh   Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:07 pm GMT
I really thank you Lazar!!!
Lazar   Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:45 pm GMT
I'm glad to help. :)
guest   Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:45 am GMT
I agreee with Lazar,
"Please do the needful" is very odd, it sounds a bit like "Let's do the nasty" :) so it might be taken in a totally wrong way. be careful.

I work in a large company with overseas holdings, and I hear this phrase a lot among South Asians (Indians).