Does having people online correct my French count as plagiarism etc ?

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I wrote an essay over the summer on a French book as an optional homework for school, and I used a website called Lang-8 to get it marked by French native speakers. They don't just correct grammar, occasionally they add more stylistic changes etc. Anyway, I have realised that this may be the essay the French department wants me to send to Cambridge as part of my application. Would Cambridge view that as not my own work? Would it get flagged up for plagiarism on their 'programmes' etc., given that Lang-8 is online so presumably anyone could view my essay? I would like someone's advice/opinion. I mean I'm sure it is unfair that's it's been marked tbh, and I wouldn't feel ethical about it anyway... But I'm interested.
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I wrote an essay over the summer on a French book as an optional homework for school, and I used a website called Lang-8 to get it marked by French native speakers. They don't just correct grammar, occasionally they add more stylistic changes etc. Anyway, I have realised that this may be the essay the French department wants me to send to Cambridge as part of my application. Would Cambridge view that as not my own work? Would it get flagged up for plagiarism on their 'programmes' etc., given that Lang-8 is online so presumably anyone could view my essay? I would like someone's advice/opinion. I mean I'm sure it is unfair that's it's been marked tbh, and I wouldn't feel ethical about it anyway... But I'm interested.
It's not likely that it would be plagiarised, unless Lang-8 used your essay as an example or distributed it in some way, or an employee did the same.

It is, however pretty unethical to submit an essay which wasn't fully your own work, and wasn't something you could produce yourself. It would likely be considered academic misconduct.
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Just remember you didnt write that and you dont have the understanding to write that. Seriously if its your work why use an external service in such a way?
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It's not likely that it would be plagiarised, unless Lang-8 used your essay as an example or distributed it in some way, or an employee did the same.

It is, however pretty unethical to submit an essay which wasn't fully your own work, and wasn't something you could produce yourself. It would likely be considered academic misconduct.
I agree, thank you.
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Just remember you didnt write that and you dont have the understanding to write that. Seriously if its your work why use an external service in such a way?
In order to learn XD. It is SO necessary when learning other languages to have your worked looked at by native speakers to understand where you go wrong and to learn ways to speak that are more natural to native speakers. I was just intrigued in case for some reason it gets submitted whether it would be flagged up. But I'll make sure that doesn't happen, as I agree with people that it's unethical (you submit a "marked essay" essay anyway, so I could potentially submit my essay with the corrections from native speakers, but might as well just write another essay, that only my teachers mark)
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No, you should submit the uneditted version and keep the corrected version for personal reference and for your personal learning. The uneditted version is soley your work therefore reflects your knowledge. Otherwisr why would they ask you to submit anything if everyone could get their work marked by professionals before bring submitted.
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