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In my thesis I want to write the following:

Second, by using the [...] and [...] it was tried to find an appropriate model.

I am not sure about the "it was tried". Can I use it? What would be better?

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I don't think "it was tried" followed by an infinitive is acceptable English. If you have to use the passive voice for stylistic reasons, you could instead say "an attempt was made":

Second, by using the [...] and [...], an attempt was made to find an appropriate model.

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Although snailboat's answer is completely valid for the case where the passive voice is required, I would like to add that the active voice usually sounds much better in most scenarios:

Second, by using the [...] and [...], we tried to find an appropriate model.

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