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Ju

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Eg. He is proactive in thinking and searching for ideas from different writings.

Could I omit the s for writing?

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teechar

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It's better with the "s". Consider using "various texts" instead.
 

Tdol

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Or sources.
 

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Can I say
He is proactive in the searching for ideas from different writing.
?
 

teechar

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That doesn't work for me.
 

Tdol

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If you really want to use the singular, you could use something like different genres of writing.
 
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