Paraphrasing - Rewriting in other words

Sjoerd de Kreij
January 9, 2023
5 minutes
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Understand how to paraphrase text and take your writing to the next level. Use alternative words and get even better at it with AI.

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With Schrijven.AI - now Typetone AI - you can easily automatically describe texts in other words, known as paraphrasing or rewriting. 

Paraphrasing is an essential skill for any writer. It involves editing a text in your own words and style, while still conveying the same message as the original. Mastering this skill will help you create more vivid descriptions, avoid plagiarism and write more clearly.

Paraphrasing is often confused with summarising, but there are clear differences between the two techniques. In summarising, you give a shorter version of the original text by selecting only the main points and omitting unnecessary details. In paraphrasing, however, you not only reduce the material but also express it differently.

Correct rewriting

If you paraphrase something correctly, you should be able to accurately convey the meaning of the original source without changing its content or implications. Successfully achieving this goal requires more than swapping words; it requires a deep understanding of what was originally written so that you can express it in your own words without changing its meaning or intent.

Steps to write in other words

There are some simple steps writers can take to ensure their paraphrases are accurate and effective:

1) Read the source material thoroughly until you understand what it says;

2) Take notes on important concepts or ideas;

3) Rewrite the text in your own words;

4) Compare your new version to ensure that all changes have been made accurately and no information has been lost;

5) Make sure your new version follows the correct grammar rules and formatting standards for the kind of writing you do (for example, academic papers require citations).  

Important when paraphrasing

It is important to note that good paraphrasing is not about simply swapping single words for synonyms or rearranging sentences. This can lead to unintentional plagiarism if done incorrectly or without citing sources. Instead, focus on taking key terms from an original source by rearranging them into other structures within your own sentences - while maintaining accuracy and integrity - to convey exactly what the author originally intended.  

Chunking: splitting up sentences:

One strategy writers can use to figure out how best to rewrite something is called "chunking": splitting a long sentence into several smaller ones to make it easier to understand, before rewriting it in a different formulation. This technique helps break down complex ideas into more manageable chunks and also gives writers room for creativity in their work as they move from one chunk of information to another while rewriting.  

Paraphrasing requires practice if you want to get it right every time, so don't get discouraged if it doesn't come easily at first! Most importantly, when rewriting someone else's text, always stay true to the original meaning, while using your own voice in every sentence - this will help ensure accuracy and prevent problems later on by unintentionally misinterpreting someone else's idea(s), or by committing plagiarism, even if unknowingly at first glance!

Use of paraphrasing software

To be safe, always try to use a paraphrase tool such as; Schrijven.AI so you can be sure you are paraphrasing or writing texts in other words, without committing plagiarism.

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