Changing the words
People's writing styles and the words they use are very distinct. It is generally easy to tell when someone has copied directly from a textbook, as the language and the words used change from the writer's normal style and vocabulary. To paraphrase a text, follow these steps.
Read the sentence to be paraphrased a number of times
Circle the specialised words
Underline keywords that can be changed
Find alternative words for the keywords
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