In my opinion, a sentence such as

"Therefore, one should come up with another solution."

too informal for something like a technical report or scientific article. Is it indeed usually considered as colloquial language?

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Probably. Unless you are quoting dialogue, it would be better in writing to request that someone "research" alternative solutions, than "come up with" them.

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    research does not quite mean come up with; a closer match is find. Although maybe research is what the OP wants to say. Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 3:44
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    @Peter Shor - Touché... Mea culpa.
    – Oldbag
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 10:40
  • Yes indeed, that's what I was referring to!
    – Daniel
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 17:06

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