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Is the grammar correct?

"I have informed him regarding the potential requirement [i]for[/i] a surgery"

For or of?
ArishMell · 70-79, M
Assuming the sentence is talking about a patient, it is "... for surgery". No "a".

Also, the sentence is generally clumsy, reading as if by some company middle-manager.

A far tidier and mellifluous form is:

"I have informed him he may require surgery."

Some might prefer "advised" to "informed", as well, in such a situation. The illness may be very serious, but "advised" is gentler. It would depend on the recipient: "informed" would be fine for a fellow-doctor looking after him, but "advised" is better for telling his wife or relatives.


"A surgery" is a room or building used by the doctor, often called a "health centre" if a dedicated building used by a general-practice team. So your original sentence reads as if telling a third-party about your letter to a senior town-planning officer or local politician, suggesting the town's need.

In which case, the tidier version is:

"I have informed him we require a surgery."

You could use simply "need", but in that context "require" gives some gravitas, stressing the importance to the town's population.
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@ArishMell makes sense!!! Thank you so much!
MartinII · 70-79, M
For is correct. The rest of the sentence is extremely ugly.
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@MartinII help me make it better plzzzz
MartinII · 70-79, M
@assemblingaknob “I have told him there may be a need for [a] surgery”. I am not sure whether you mean surgery in the sense of an operation, or a place where doctors work. Include “a” in the latter case, not in the former. Hope this helps!
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@MartinII yes another user also highlighted the same issue. New for me!
GuyWithOpinions · 31-35, M
They both work to me. I think "for" might be correct though.
Needs a comma between him and regarding.
@ArishMell no, it doesn’t. It may be unnecessary, I’ll go with that. But it changes the actual meaning… none. It does not make it mean anything… about the town that was not discussed anywhere, at all.
ArishMell · 70-79, M
@DarkHeaven We were not given the context, so do not know if it was about an individual or some public matter. So I reacted to both possibilities - as the OP accepted.
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analystbot · 36-40
Use grammarly.
The [i]a[/i] doesnt need to be there.
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@V00doo thank you
sugarpie · 26-30, F
possible requirements for the surgery
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@sugarpie ok so I'm trying to say that the patient might need a surgery. How do you say that
ArishMell · 70-79, M
@assemblingaknob "I have informed / advised the patient he may need surgery".

Simple, concise, clear; and with the misplaced 'a' removed.

Choose "informed" or the gentler "advised" depending on whom you are telling.
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@ArishMell thank you
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
Maybe both are correct?
assemblingaknob · 26-30, F
@Jenny1234 I'm not sure. :|
Jenny1234 · 51-55, F
@assemblingaknob try grammerly
NativePortlander · 51-55

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