What Is Paraphrasing?

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Paraphrasing is when something is rewritten in the reader's own words. Be sure to give credit when paraphrasing with help from a certified tutor in this free video on grammar and the English language.

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What is a paraphrase, and how do you recognize it in a sentence? Hi, happy writing. I'm Paige Carrera. Today, we're going to take a look at a paraphrase, and if you think about it, paraphrasing is something you do, when you read an article or a phrase. You put that down, you regurgitate it in your own words, so if you're writing a paper, and you come across a source, you want to put down what you're doing, read the material, the source of the material, and then rewrite what you've read, in your own words. You want to make sure too, that what you're writing is your own sentences. If you decide to borrow words from the original source, you have to make sure that you record that, at the end of the page. Paraphrasing is definitely about putting things in your own words, so it's definitely a good thing to be able to use, especially in my business as a reporter, but do make sure that you do give the proper credit, to the proper source. I'm Paige Carrera. Happy writing.


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