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Paraphrasing is rewriting or restating information in a different way. A paraphrase contains all the information that was in the original version, but you use new 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 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).

Example of original sentence


A beautiful natural setting and well-tended homes, gardens, and parks are the first things one notices about Victoria.

Example of paraphrase


The beauty that strikes visitors when they first arrive is a perfect combination of wild and controlled nature.