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Is "Put the way forward " common in native English? I searched google book and read it from non-native writers.

For example, "These papers put the way forward to solve it far more eloquently than I could."

Is there another alternative for it with this meaning?

  • I'd like to know opinions of native speakers,too. – Rwy5 Aug 5 '15 at 7:40
  • Are you sure that it's not POINT the way forward? ( dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/point-the-way ) That's a relatively common idiom. Put the way forward is one that I've not heard of. – Alan K Aug 5 '15 at 8:23
  • "map out a way forward" is the closest I have heard of. – Misti Aug 5 '15 at 11:57
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I haven't seen it put that way before but I do have some suggestions

  1. These papers put the method to solve it far more eloquently than I could.
  2. These papers put the technique to solve it far more eloquently than I could.

And in either example "put" may be replaced with explain or describe

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As a native speaker, I'm a little confused as to the exact meaning of the phrase. "The way they put it" is acceptable, as is "to put [something] forward." It sounds like that got mixed with "the way forward."

For example, they may mean: "The way these papers have put the solution solves the problem far more eloquently than I ever could." Or perhaps: "The solution these papers have put forth solve the problem far more..."

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"These papers put the way forward to solve it far more eloquently than I could."

  1. The sentence is badly written.

  2. There is no idiom "put the way forward"

  3. The idiom is however "to put [something] forward"

  4. The structure is intended to be:

These papers put X forward, far more eloquently than I could.

X = 'the way ... to solve it'

Is there another alternative for it with this meaning?

Here is a possible re-write:

"These papers put forward the way to solve it - far more eloquently than I could."

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