There is a long-standing confusion regarding the words undergo, underwent and undergone.
|Mr Parker has undergone appendectomy.||Has||Time not specified; Recovery pending.|
|Ms Lee underwent mastectomy during that time.||Did||Time is indirectly specified.|
|Mr Morgan underwent polypectomy on 12th March.||Did||Time is specified.|
|She has undergone polypectomy.||Has||No time reference.|
NB: Use “underwent” is used with procedures that happen only one, like, “appendectomy and mastectomy.”
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- Please note, Ms Lee ________ a joint replacement three months ago.
- Skin biopsy obtained for the diagnostic study revealed nodular basal cell carcinoma following which he ______ surgical removal of the nodules.