How can "We consider here how to ... " be rewritten without the personal pronoun "we"?


We consider here how to solve the problem.

I am trying to rewrite the sentence above without the personal pronoun "we". My example is as follows:

It is considered here how to solve the problem.

Does the rewritten sentence make sense? I think "how to solve the problem is considered here" may be better but the subject is too longer.


Posted 2018-09-16T19:30:52.093

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A / The solution to the problem is considered here. – Weather Vane – 2018-09-16T19:33:29.583

Is the expression "It is considered how to..." grammatically incorrect? – rama9 – 2018-09-16T19:43:30.283

1No, but is almost a Yoda sentence. – Weather Vane – 2018-09-16T19:44:58.660

How about "a method is considered here how to"? – rama9 – 2018-09-16T19:50:47.573

A method ... how to ... is redundant. how means method or manner or "in what way". If I ask you how you solved the problem, I'm asking for the method you used. – Tᴚoɯɐuo – 2018-09-16T20:40:07.040

Why do you want to write the sentence without the pronoun "we"? What is "wrong" with the original sentence? – James K – 2018-09-16T20:57:27.563

For some reasons, I prefer to avoid using personal pronouns as the subject. How about "a consideration will be made about how to..". – rama9 – 2018-09-16T21:42:47.983

After further search, I found that the following phrase is sometimes used: "It is discussed how to...". Is this grammatically correct? – rama9 – 2018-09-16T22:28:08.500

1It is grammatically marginal, IMO. If you're going to include a how-clause, you can make that clause the subject. How to blah blah blah is discussed. No need to use an it-cleft. But if you prefer to write like a non-native speaker, "It is discussed, how to ..." is a perfect choice. – Tᴚoɯɐuo – 2018-09-16T23:08:10.503

I don't like the passive voice of any construction such as "it is considered." There's nobody visibly doing the considering. What's wrong with "we consider?" Or even "I consider?" – puppetsock – 2018-09-17T03:23:26.187



It sounds like you are inviting the reader to continue as you discuss solving a problem you have just posed.

To re-write it without using "we" you could say:

How to solve the problem will now be considered.


How to solve the problem will be considered next.

I'm not sure why you are trying to remove "we" so this next suggestion may not be suitable, but the above two suggestions are a little formal, so if you want to maintain a conversational manner but simply avoid "we" (for whatever reason), you could also say:

Let's now consider how to solve the problem.


Posted 2018-09-16T19:30:52.093

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1"Let's" is "Let us" which is "we". – Weather Vane – 2018-09-16T19:46:43.403

2@WeatherVane I agree its tantamount to the same, but the OP doesn't say why he is trying to avoid that word. Is it the meaning they are trying to avoid, or just the word? I've given two other good, but entirely impersonal, suggestions. And actually, "we" does not explicitly include the reader. "We" could just refer to multiple authors. "Let us" is more an invitation for the reader to consider the solution with the author. – Astralbee – 2018-09-16T19:47:28.853