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    Plagiarism

    Unaware we rewrite incorrect information and contribute to their dissemination.

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    Re: Plagiarism

    Welcome to Using English

    I'm afraid I'm not sure how we can help you.

    Are you asking us to correct your sentence? If so, I'm sorry to say I don't understand it. Can you try to write it again using other word?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Plagiarism

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    Plagiarism is copying some or all of another person's work and claiming it as your own.

    There are plenty of online dictionaries, however. Did you try any of those first?

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    Re: Plagiarism

    Quote Originally Posted by aniabelchic View Post
    Unaware we rewrite incorrect information and contribute to their dissemination.
    Do you mean that sometimes, when plagiarising someone else's work, you inadvertently help to disseminate incorrect information? If you don't know that the original piece is incorrect and you go on to post that information yourself without checking it and without making any changes, you have helped to spread that incorrect information.

    If so, you need a comma after "Unaware" and to change "their" to "its" as "information" takes the singular.

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    Re: Plagiarism

    Quote Originally Posted by aniabelchic View Post
    Unaware we rewrite incorrect information and contribute to their dissemination.

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    (1) As Vic told us, when you plagiarize, you copy material from other sources without

    giving credit to who wrote it, and your readers think that the writing is your own writing.

    (2) Your sentence means something like this:

    When we plagiarize, sometimes we do NOT know that the information is false,. so

    we repeat the false information. That means that more and more people will read the

    false information.

    (a) As you know, the United States has 50 states. Before the 1950's, it had only

    48 states. Let's say that an old book says "The United States, which is located

    between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, has 48 states." Let's say that a student

    in another country is asked to write an article for her school newspaper. Let's say that

    she goes online and copies (plagiarizes) that complete sentence without telling her

    readers where she got that information. Well, when they read her article, they will now

    think that the U.S. has 48 states. She has passed on the false information to more

    people.

    (i) That is why history books often have false information. Some historians just

    copy from other historians. And so false information passes from historian #1 to

    historian #2 to historian #3, etc.

    (3) Some students are dishonest. When their teachers tell them to write a report on

    (for example) the history of The Times newspaper, some of them will get a book,

    copy all the words, and then signed the report with their name. That is plagiarism.

    Of course, the teacher wanted the students to read maybe 8 books and then explain the

    information in their OWN words.

    (3) Here in the United States, people take plagiarism very seriously.

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    Re: Plagiarism

    But you can follow all the rules to avoid plagerism and still spread bad information.

    Not plagerizing does not help you not know the information is wrong to start with.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Plagiarism

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But you can follow all the rules to avoid plagerism and still spread bad information.

    Not plagerizing does not help you not know the information is wrong to start with.
    Good point. May I ask if you have used an AmE spelling of plagiarism in your post? I have never seen "plagerism" or "plagerizing" before.

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