I want to convey the feeling that "do whatever you feel is the best"? How should I incorporate the phrase "deems fit" in my sentence?

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    Do whatever you deem fit.
    – Tom B
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 18:50
  • And not something like "Do whatever that deems fit to you"? Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 18:58
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    @Mick - But isn't it sound more formal? I mean my original sentence sounds too dismissive, doesn't it? Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 19:08
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    @ShraddheyaShendre - "Deem" is like "decide". You deem something else fit. Something else doesn't "deem fit to you".
    – stangdon
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 19:22
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    @ShraddheyaShendre - That's correct. "Do whatever that deems fit to you" makes no sense.
    – stangdon
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 19:41

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As Mick mentions in his comment, "to deem fit" is a little old-fashioned but not, I think, enough that you shouldn't learn how to use the idiom. I wouldn't call it "Victorian" English, as it's a phrase that sees regular use even today.

This answer by Tom B is the best rephrase of your sentence.

Do whatever you deem fit

Other examples:

Pick whichever person you deem fit for the job.

My path is mine to walk as I deem fit.

This plan of creating an electoral college to select the president was expected to secure the choice by the best citizens of each state, in a tranquil and deliberate way, of the man whom they in their unfettered discretion should deem fittest to be the chief magistrate of the Union.

"Deem" is itself a verb meaning "to judge" or "to consider (in a specified way)". You can, conceivably, deem anything but it's a word that is more commonly associated with words like "necessary" or "proper", or used alone:

It's clever enough, but the question is whether future generations will deem it "art".

Jackson spoke, relating all he deemed pertinent.

I am trying to make a point about the fuzzy edges of what has been deemed a "disease".

  • I'd go along with that. It's a usage that's worth learning about -- enough so that you can make an informed decision about when to use it.
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 15, 2016 at 19:32
  • Today, it would probably be: do as you see fit.
    – Lambie
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 15:55

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