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What is the way to say that something is common, recommended, advised?

I've come up with the following phrase:

It's considered that a good developer must know algorithms.

Is it idiomatic?

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    "Generally considered" is more common, as in "It's generally considered that a good developer must know algorithms".
    – 79037662
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 18:26
  • Grammatically that is OK. The problem with using the passive mood in such constructions is that it obscures the question "who considers this?" and that might be a very bad thing if it is used to duck responsibility for a highly contentious statement such as "it is considered that women are not able to become physicists of the highest class" - I have deliberately chosen an extreme and extremely offensive example to illustrate that the passive may be used to sound authoritative about something that is just not true.
    – JeremyC
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 22:28

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Some alternatives for your consideration:

"It is commonly held that a good developer must know algorithms."

"The general belief is that a good developer must know algorithms."

"It is generally believed that a good developer must know algorithms."

"Most consider that a good developer must know algorithms."

"Most expect a good developer to know algorithms."

"A good developer is generally expected to know algorithms."

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  • Also, "It's considered common sense that a good developer must know algorithms"
    – windblade
    Commented Dec 20, 2019 at 6:44

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