Paraphrasing involves rewriting someone else’s words using your own words. Writing Tip A good paraphrase: is a useful alternative to a direct quotation shows that you understand the original text is normally approximately the same length as the original text always acknowledges the source. Remember! You don’t need to change: very common words that have no alternatives, e.g. ‘television’ or ‘university’ specialised words from particular subject areas, e.g. ‘limited company’ or ‘diagnosis’. There are various techniques you can use when paraphrasing. Using synonyms (words with the same meaning) Look at this original or ‘source’ text and think about which words could be replaced by synonyms. Soller (2010) states: ‘Companies that show a genuine interest in charitable activities can earn the respect of the buying public.’ Here is a version of the source text, using synonyms: Businesses that demonstrate a real interest in non-profit-making activities can gain the respect of consumers, according to Soller (2010).
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