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Changing the structure of a paragraph

Use the following steps to change the structure of a paragraph.

Write down the main ideas & concepts

  • Read the paragraph and write down the main points or words. Do not copy down entire sentences.

Put the original away

  • Put the paragraph / book away and using the main points, write your paraphrase from memory. This means that you are not copying the text word for word.

Check your version against the original

  • To avoid accidental plagiarism, check what you have written against the original text. You should check that they are not the same as well to see if you have left anything out.


Changing the words




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