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In this section, we firstly provide a short snippet on the history of online English learning platforms.

I am wondering if that is a correct usage or perhaps common usage for this word?

If not, what could I use except for "background", "history", and "introduction". I don't want to use them since I have used them a lot and I want to toss in some other words to make my writing a bit less tasteless!

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There are plenty of other near synonyms of snippet that you could use - including a short piece, a short excerpt, a smidgeon, a brief summary etc.

However if you do use snippet you really do not need the adjective short, since "snippet" implies brevity. So a "short snippet" is a bit like talking about "a large giant", "wet rain", or a "hot furnace".

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Snippet could work, but you could also use "blurb" or "section".

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