is rewriting or restating information in a different way. A paraphrase contains
all the information that was in the original version, but you use different
words that mean the same thing. You can also change the sentence structure.
Often the paraphrase is about the same length as the original writing. However,
you can also break one long sentence into shorter ones or combine ideas from
short sentences into one longer one. When you paraphrase you must not change
the meaning of the original sentence.
When you paraphrase:
- include all the important main ideas.
- keep the same meaning as the original text.
- begin the sentence differently.
- change nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
- change the sentence structure (i.e., use different types of clauses
A beautiful natural setting and well-tended homes, gardens, and parks are
the first things one notices about Victoria.
The beauty that strikes visitors when they first arrive is a perfect combination
of wild and controlled nature.
Using a Thesaurus
A thesaurus can be used to find synonyms or words that have the same meaning.
Often there are many entries for the same word, so it is important to look
for the part of speech and specific word use.
For example there are many entries for "love". Here are just
two examples in the verb and noun forms.
love verb 1 admire,
adulate, canonize, care for, cherish, choose, deify, delight
in, dig, esteem, exalt, fall for, fancy, flip over, glorify,
go for, go ga ga for, gone on, hold dear, hold high, idolize,
like, prefer, prize, treasure, venerate, wild for, worship
love noun 1 baby,
beau, better-half, boyfriend, darling, dear, dearest, fiancé,
flame, girlfriend, heartbeat, heartthrob, honey, idol, love,
lover, main squeeze, number one, old lady, old man, pet, significant
other, soul-mate, steady, sugar, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie,
treasure, true love