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First of all, I am really sorry if this topic does not fit here. I need to do an English sentences analysis, so I need to create a database. I need to find and input many English sentences into a program. Therefore, I need to find GOOD sources to copy from.

  1. I do NOT want anything like the newspaper style because it always has speaking language style, like "someone said:""".

  2. If I can directly copy from a source without too many modification, then it is preferred. I don't want to copy something from CNN because their website has too many HTML styles. It makes the sentences cut into many pieces.

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I disagree with Point #1. While some newspapers are indeed peppered with the style you indicate, many are not, and some are excellently written. I just checked an article from the Wall Street Journal. It had nearly 900 words and more than 20 paragraphs; the word said appears just six times, and only three of those are direct quotes, the others being something more like: "The government of Valencia said Friday it intends to tap a fund with up to €18 billion that Spain's central government launched last week for regional governments that are unable to refinance debt." – J.R. Jul 21 '12 at 9:16

You are looking for a corpus of written/spoken English.

I don't generally like RTFG-type answers, but if you search for corpus on Wikipedia you will find links to many, many fine examples, many of which are free. You can also try the Google N-Grams project for access to decades of parsed speech.

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Another source of non-spoken English is scholarly papers. Wikipedia has a list of free and non-free databases at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_engines

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Take a look at these sites



excuse me i wanted to post more sites but because of being new site didn't let me to post more that 2 hyperlink.

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