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i have writen a imaginative essay for school it says its thirty percent plagerism , but the websites are all just differnt one lines from many different essay and blogs , these are my own words !! any ideas on what to do ?

See example:

I had never been asked to do this before, and to be honest, I didn't want to.
asked Apr 16 '13 at 10:53 jas New member

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A plagiarism checker looks for strings of words.  The sentence you gave as an example is a rather ordinary sentence.  Do you know about readability scores?  Your sentence is written at about a 5th grade level.  The lower the score, the more likely you will find the same strings of words used by others.  Try increasing the vocabulary usage in your essay.  Instead of using a pronoun for something you already described, find other words to express what you mean.

 

I don’t know what “this” refers to in your sentence, but here is an example of what I mean.

 

They wanted me to give a speech.  I had never been asked to do this before.
… becomes …
The organizers wanted me to give a speech.  I had never been asked to publicly share my thoughts before.

 

I hope that helps.  

link comment answered Apr 16 '13 at 15:44 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Through trial and error -- while using Grammarly to check my manuscript -- I discovered that Grammarly is looking for strings of 8 or more words that match something it finds on the web.

 

In my manuscript, several phrases are consistently marked as plaraized -- "on the west bank of the San Joaquin River" or "on the San Joaquin River's west bank." Try writing a cultural landscape history of a region where the San Joaquin River is the major natural feature without using these phrases!

 

If you are confident that you are not copying somebody else's work, ignore it and move on.

 

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Apr 16 '13 at 21:05 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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