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28 September

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Is it acceptable to write "there was carried out"?
I've been proofreading some academic papers and I came across a very wordy sentence that I decided to split into two. The main phrasal verb in the second part of that sentence was "(to) carry out".
I ended up putting it this way "A predictive analysis regarding the report of drivers on the presence of musculoskeletal pain or discomfort was carried out".
However, the text had been translated from Brazilian Portuguese, whose grammar rules allow us to use verbs at the beginning of sentences without a subject. Hence the question. Could I have written "There was carried out a predictive analysis regarding the report of drivers on the presence of musculoskeletal pain or discomfort" instead? How does it sound to you?

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