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I am writing a project paper, and I find myself using the phrase "let's" a lot. I'm wondering if there are other phrases or words that I can use instead of "let's"? I've searched for an answer but couldn't find one.

Examples:

  • We want to see x and y. Let's start with x.

  • Now, let us see the relationship between z and w.

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    Can you give some examples? – Laurel Dec 6 '18 at 2:00
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    Well, for one thing, you could avoid the contracted form and write it out in full i.e. "let us" – Mari-Lou A Dec 6 '18 at 2:02
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    Let's start = We started with... X was first in line.... Let us see = We will now see the relationship.... The relationship between z and w was observed – Mari-Lou A Dec 6 '18 at 2:12
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    Do note that this is not a writers' workshop. If you are overusing let us, just stop using it. You don't need to invite the reader to do every little thing. To start, X is …. The relationship between z and w, on the other hand…. Otherwise, know that a basic search will turn up let us in innumerable journal articles, official proclamations, formal invitations, political speeches, and all manner of other speech and writing that would be deemed "formal" so it's unclear what kind of answer you are looking for. – choster Dec 6 '18 at 2:39
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    Romaine start with X. ... Uh, oh! I don't feel so good! – Hot Licks Dec 6 '18 at 3:20
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Mari-Lou has shown that you could simply reduce the usage by modifying the base syntax

so for your examples

Examples:

•We want to see x and y. Starting with x. ...
•Now, observing the relationship between z and w.

Thus you don't need to always change each Let's/Let us with a "replacement" however we will presume you do, so we could replace let us with

•We want to see x and y. We shall start with x.
•Now, we can see the relationship between z and w.

Using we on occasion instead of us will avoid the sense of repetition

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"We want to see x and y." …

  1. Let's start with x.
  2. Starting with x, …
  3. We'll start with x.
  4. Looking at x first, …
  5. In terms of seeing x, …
  6. To see x, …
  7. If we take x first, …

"Now, …"

  1. let us see the relationship between z and w …
  2. regarding the relationship between z and w …
  3. starting with the relationship between z and w …
  4. as for the relationship between z and w …

Just a few options. :-)

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'Let's do smth...' is a suggestion. According to Cambridge Dictionary: If we make a suggestion, it means that we mention a possible course of action to someone. There are a number of expressions which we can use to make suggestions. For example: How about / What about doing smth? Or: Shall we do smth? Or: Let's do smth...

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