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Part 1
I have keys, but I don’t open any locks. I have a ribbon, but I didn’t win, place or show. I need some help from nature to be useful.

Part 2
Now what is special about this word? Hint:

Tell me again about the fox and the dog.

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    $\begingroup$ I've edited the post, to correct grammar and remove inappropriate tags. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Dec 7 '18 at 18:11
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I think you are a

Typewriter

I have keys, but I don’t open any locks.

The typewriter has keys for typing letters

I got a ribbon but I didn’t win, place or show.

A typewriter has an ink ribbon for transferring pigment to paper

I need some help from nature to be useful

Pieces of paper, made from trees and usually called "leaves", so could be a play on words.

Part 2

It's usually said that typewriter the longest word which you can type only using the top row of letters.

Hint

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is a sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet and can be used to check a typewriter is functioning correctly.

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    $\begingroup$ +1, exactly what I was thinking. Tiny nitpick: jumpS, not jumpED $\endgroup$ – Hellion Dec 7 '18 at 18:57

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