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    Obviously I know how horrifically bad plagiarism is, and that it shouldn't be done yada yada, but I had an English story to write and stupidly left it until the night before to do it. I couldn't think of anything to do, so I thought 'eh, I'll copy the plot of some mushy fan fiction' so I basically rewrote a fanfic (lame, I know). Because it wasn't well known and I rewrote it, I assumed I wouldn't get caught, but I got the story back with a massive cross on it and a frowny face. How do teachers catch it out? I ran the thing through a plagiarism checker.. Obviously not a very good one haha.
    Obviously I'd never plagiarise something in an exam.. It was a last minute desperation kind of thing!

    I think it's because no matter how much you try to rewrite something, teachers are used to your writing style and so can pick up on these things through experience. While reading, they would think that this isn't the kind of thing so and so would write, and so it leads them to believe that it has been copied through someone else. So for example, it may be the language you're using or the way you structure sentences.

    From there, some teachers actually google bits of the material/text to see whether anything comes up on the internet. And if it does, well then they know for definite.

    They'll have a much better plagiarism checker. The kind of one you have to pay for to get - there's a reason why all the free ones never show anything up

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