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Let us say I frame a sentence as follows:

Is there any way around this problem?

I want to convey the feeling that bypass, or trick without actually using the problem, without actually dealing with it.

P.S.: It may so happen that my actual sentence does not convey this feeling either. I am learning English and am new to it.

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Do you want circumvent (literally, "go around")? –  Andrew Leach Jan 25 '13 at 22:50
    
yup. Heard this word before but forgot. Couldn't remember so asked. Thanks!!! –  Aman Deep Gautam Jan 25 '13 at 22:52

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Andrew suggested a good word choice to use in an alternative to your example sentence, which would be something like this:

Can the problem be circumvented?

or

Is there a way to circumvent the problem?

As for a one word substitute for "any way around it", you might consider alternative.

Your sentence becomes Is there an alternative to this problem?

I would suggest a slight modification of this, though, which might not exactly answer your question:

Is there an alternative to addressing/facing this problem?

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Though not related to the problem, but I would like to ask that in the last sentence should we use "addressing" or "address". Why or why not. –  Aman Deep Gautam Jan 26 '13 at 2:04
    
@AmanDeepGautam: Definitely addressing, because the construct is "an alternative to + noun phrase". Therefore you use the ing-form (the gerund, if you will), which acts like a noun –  Armen Ծիրունյան Jan 31 '13 at 13:36

Sidestep.

Has sense of avoidance without resolution, as requested.

  • "Can we sidestep this problem?"

Suggestions?

Alternatives?

Help!!!

Exit strategy?

Plan B?

Then what? / Now what?

Next? / Next please ...


3 words, but may spawn ideas. Or not:

Shikata ga nai! 仕方がない

Can be used several ways but as an affirmation it may be appropriate.

Used in Kim Stanley Robinson's marvellous Red/Green/Blue Mars series as ~= "There is no other way". ~= Let's do it. Let's find a way. ...

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Is there a workaround for this problem?

workaround - a plan or method to circumvent a problem without eliminating it.

(emphasis mine - I don't think other alternatives cover OP's without actually dealing with it).

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You might try dodge.

dodge n.
2. An ingenious expedient intended to evade or trick.

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