I really can't think how write this.

The moment the artificial limb was finished, they would help install it on the Old Madam.

That's the original and I know it doesn't sound right but I can't think how to make it sound right, the best I have at the moment is:

The moment the artificial limb was finished, they would help set it up for the Old Madam.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. :)

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    I would use the word "fit": "they would help fit it to the Old Madam".
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 22, 2017 at 17:33
  • Yes! Thanks, that works well, I was really struggling to think of the right word XD
    – millman97
    Nov 22, 2017 at 17:35
  • Using the term "Old Madam" is diversionary - as the sentence already carries casual informality which is bound to affect the type of verb chosen. But if you change "Old Madam" to "the patient", I would go for "attach", and if I were allowed two words - "surgically attach".
    – WS2
    Nov 22, 2017 at 18:16
  • Thanks for the suggestion, I think I'll play around with the sentence later and see what sounds best :)
    – millman97
    Nov 22, 2017 at 18:52
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    I would vote for 'fit' too. I'm sure it's the term I've seen used in that context. Nov 23, 2017 at 9:31

1 Answer 1


As soon as the artificial limb was finished, they would join it to the Old Madam.

The verb conveys the relationships that exist between the installers of the limb, the patient, the people who created the limb, and the limb itself.

Fit (already suggested) is good. However, if you imagine a limb with advanced biological technology, possibly grown from the patient's own cellular specifications, the idea of fitting is no longer adequate. Such a creation would not be fitted like a pair of eyeglasses.

But it really depends on what you are trying to describe.

  • Thanks, you've given me more to think about :) But, to me, joining seems like something you'd say when working with metal or a machine, not sure if it sounds quite right for a human. Thanks all the same :D
    – millman97
    Nov 22, 2017 at 19:35

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