Paraphrasing is when you restate source material using your own words and style. The term paraphrasing is commonly used to refer to the rewriting of a specific idea or piece of information contained in a short section of text, although summarising a source is also a form of paraphrase. In your writing you will often need to paraphrase, but it is a complex skill that takes time and practice to acquire. Importantly, in order to paraphrase effectively you need to have a good understanding of your source material.
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