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Paraphrasing Passages


A robot that tranforms into a carParaphrasing 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.

You can:

  • begin the sentence differently.
  • change nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.
  • change the sentence structure (i.e., use different types of clauses or phrases).


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