I am in the process of writing a research paper in Computer Science. Are there any free tools/browser plugins/web sites/latex plugins that would help me improve my English? I am looking for some nice applications that give examples of correct English usage.

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Public library is the cheapest source. In other words: read, read and again - read. Reading books, newspapers and magazines is the best way to improve someone's language usage. Any language.

Try to avoid web resources, particulary twitters, facebooks and other shout-and-bark sites. Even most of weblogs are utilising some bastardised mutation of language, so I cannot recommend them as correct sources.


There are no computer programs that are going to make you a magnificent writer. The only way you can learn to write is through lots and lots of practice.

The first thing you're going to want to do is read and read a lot. Read fiction, read non-fiction, read writing textbooks. Visit your local library and read all different sorts of books to get a good grasp on the English language.

Then you're going to want to write, rewrite, and write some more. It helps if you work with someone with experience in the writing/editing field. They'll be able to point out any mistakes you make, help you understand those mistakes, and make sure you don't make those mistakes again.

Writing is a slow and painful process. There are no shortcuts and even in the technology age, a computer still cannot teach you how to write well.

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    I think you have seen the tag "technical writing"
    – user1982
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 14:55
  • And what does the tag "technical writing" have to do with my answer? Commented May 17, 2011 at 15:47
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    I am afraid that the RTFM acronyme roots in an idea that the "technical writing" is just a comprehensive list of facts. So most people are avoiding documentation and manuals. No offense.
    – Nerevar
    Commented May 17, 2011 at 17:19
  • @Indoril I am completely confused about what you guys are talking about. Commented May 17, 2011 at 20:08

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