Let's say there is problem X, and I have in mind some methods, each is a workaround for X.

For a single workaround, it seems fine to say: "I am suggesting a workaround X", but I feel the following do not sound right, or at least there are better ways to phrase them:

  • I am suggesting workarounds for X
  • I am suggestions workarounds, each of them address X

What's the best way to connect "workarounds" and "X" ?

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    Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/193963/…
    – user66974
    Sep 3, 2015 at 9:35
  • 'I am suggesting workarounds for X' seems to be perfectly adequate. What problem do you think there might be with that? Sep 3, 2015 at 9:40
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    @MohamedKhamis No, you do not. For must be there in the singular as well. “I suggested a workaround this problem” is completely ungrammatical. You can say “I suggested that we work around this problem”, but that’s not the noun workaround. A workaround is always for something (or to something, against something, or in relation to something, etc.). This is exactly parallel to similar words like solution: “This is not a good solution our problem” is not grammatical, either—it must be “This is not a good solution to our problem”. Sep 3, 2015 at 9:44
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    @MohamedKhamis - That is where you are wrong. In fact I edited your question to correct that. Can you provide an example from somewhere that leaves out the 'for'? Sep 3, 2015 at 9:45
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    If you want it to be a verb then you can't say ' each is a workaround' You cannot use an indefinite article with a verb. Sep 3, 2015 at 9:50

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Judging by the comments, you have confused 'to work around X' with 'a workaround for X'.


X is a big problem. I need to find a workaround to fix it. (noun)

X is a big problem. I need to find a workaround for it. (noun)

X is a big problem. I need to work around it somehow. (verb)

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