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Discuss in my forum

  • What is a paraphrase?
  • How exactly does one paraphrase?
  • How is it different from a direct quote?
  • Should you quote directly, or paraphrase?
  • In what situations is one more appropriate than the other?

Whew! That was a long list of questions. But, this small article on paraphrasing will answer all of them.


March 28, 2008 at 9:50 pm
(1) Professor says:

What is a Paraphrase?

A paraphrase is a passage borrowed from a source and rewritten in your own words. A paraphrase should be true to the original authors idea, but is rewritten in your own words and sentence structure. Since you are using someones else’s ideas and expressing them in your own words, it is very important to give credit to the source of the idea.

A paraphrase should not use any of the original authors words except incidental conjunctions and common prepositions.

August 26, 2008 at 10:29 pm
(2) sara says:

how can i give it credit? by citing it?

September 18, 2009 at 5:38 am
(3) Tochukwu Oguezunma says:

You give credit to the original author by writing references.

December 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm
(4) Pretty Eyes says:

What are the steps to parphrasing???=P

February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(5) Miss m says:

This is a great website that defines a paraphrase and gives six steps to effective paraphrasing. It also provides examples.

May 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm
(6) emily hodge says:

ok… this confused me all i saw was a bunch of questions on paraphrasing and then somethin that said whew that was a long list of questions or wateva it said… so wat is paraphrasing?

May 18, 2011 at 6:34 am
(7) quotations says:

@emily hodge, Hmmm! I can see the confusion. Actually I had given a direct link to the article in the title itself. In order to avoid confusion, I have included a link in the body of the article too. Thanks for stopping by.

September 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm
(8) zeeshan says:

Now i understand the real mean paraphrasing thank you :D

November 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(9) Tamekia Martin says:

I didn’t see a example of a
Direct quote

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