I have noticed that some learners make efforts to disguise a quotation in their question.
I suspect this is because they have had it drilled into them that plagiarism is a deadly sin (which it is of course).
What they don't appear to realise is that a correct quotation with a proper attribution to the original author is good practice.
Perhaps none of this would matter but for the fact that their attempt to rewrite a sentence that they already don't understand, usually ends up so mangled as to be incomprehensible. (I don't want to single anyone out but if it's vital to the discussion I could provide a link to such a question)
Can anyone think of a solution to this?
I have invented an example for the sake of clarity.
The student submits the following question to English Language & Usage:
How can I use the expression "distant type"?
I saw a friend write the sentence, "X got bigger because of distant type Y"
What does the phrase mean? How can I use it?
On investigation it turns out that the original was
"... obtained results suggesting a totally unexpected acceleration in the expansion of the universe by using distant type Ia supernovae as standard candles..."
This example isn't exaggerated and it is quite common in my experience.
I plan to raise this issue on Academia SE. The difference is that here I am explicitly asking about ways to deal with the problem (as I see it) on this site. Under Academia I shall be asking if there is a solution with regard to academic students when pursuing formal courses. I see this as sufficiently different to justify both questions.