Saturday, 16 July 2016

Paraphrase: Rewrite It In Your Own Words

Introduction

This post aims to explain how a paraphrase works and is important in English writing. To make the explanation handy, I divide the writing into two small chunks of text. The first section is to express what a paragraph is. Ones who are trying to paraphrase often encounter the problem of plagiarism that will be suggested some tips to avoid it in the second section. The third section will give you examples from easy to complex.

What is a paraphrase?

Paraphrasing is using your own words to express some else's ideas whilst still preserving the main ideas of the original source. In other words, you have to keep the meaning of the original paragraph, but do not copy its exact text.
The way you paraphrase your paragraph by your own words correctly and accurately.
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Paraphrasing and Plagiarising

Even when you rewrite the original ideas using your paragraphs, you should learn how to cite the original authors. Below are some useful tips for you to avoid plagiarism.
  • Understand the original document exactly to give a correct summary of what the author wants to say.
  • Change your own words that match the original too closely.
  • Remember that anything matching the original ideas needs to be quoted.

Examples

Example 1: This example is got from Purdue Online Writing Lab, a common writing reference that several audiences could know before. You can get the original explanation at here.

Example 2: This one origins from academic writing handbook of MIT. You can get the original explanation at here.
Example 3:

References

Paraphrase: Write it in Your Own Words, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/619/1/

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