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    use the computer to type an essay/type an essay on the computer

    Are the sentences below acceptable, natural or not natural? Thank you.

    1. Most students in colleges or universities use computers to type their essays or papers.
    2. Most college or university students type their essays or papers on their computers.

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    Re: use the computer to type an essay/type an essay on the computer

    Both are fine. Note that #2 says it's their own computers, compared to say, the university's computer center.
    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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