How to Paraphrase Your Work

How to Give Your Work Clarity By Paraphrasing.

Paraphrasing it for you will mean that whoever is doing that must have the original content. It would be best if you availed of the work that needs to be paraphrased for the person rewriting it to read through and understand what you intended to say. Remember to be available for questions in case one sentence has two confusing meanings or contexts. 

So step one is to read and understand the paragraphs severally. You will be more likely to rewrite it well, without the sentence losing its original meaning. This is because the more you read something, the more it registers in your mind, making it easy to memorize and remember. So while paraphrasing, the original sentence will still be fresh somewhere in your subconscious. 

The next step is to write down the fundamental points from the sentence. This is, as said earlier, to harness and maintain the original meaning of the sentences. For that to happen, certain words can only be given synonyms and not entirely switched up. This is the aim of writing the fundamental points down. 

Thirdly, take a piece of paper or a book and a pen, and scribble down your version of that sentence without glancing at the original sentence. Rewriting it without referring to the primary sentence is vital because it will help you rewrite without distractions of what you think the first sentence is like. You do not have to write it down; you can also type it in a separate word document by closing or minimizing the original tab.

Fourthly, once you have rewritten the sentence, read both of them alongside each other and listen to the disparities in context/ meaning and in the intended purpose to paraphrase. Make adjustments whenever you feel the sentence is out of order and align it with the entire document's context. With that done, your work is complete, and paraphrasing has been effectively done.

So how do you achieve paraphrasing without breaking a sweat? Here are some basic guidelines;

  1. Give the sentence a different order. Choose another word to be the beginning of your sentences and align the sentence using that order.
  2. Synonyms. Google and Thesaurus are here for all the synonyms. Choose words that can mean the same thing but give a different wording.
  3. Passive vs. Active. You can change a sentence structure by changing it from either passive to active or vice versa. This makes it seem like a new sentence, yet you have given it a different view. For example, Jane was arrested by the police vs. The police arrested Jane. The first sentence is longer and wordy, while the second, which is in the passive voice, is precise and gives the sentence clarity. Study the rules of passive and active English and use it according to your professors' preference.     
  4. Lastly, shorten the lengthy sentences.

Ultimately, you must have a best friend in the thesaurus to effectively and with ease rewrite your sentences. This will make it even more enjoyable because you will not have a hard time switching the words.

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