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How to Paraphrase Using Synonyms: Practical Tips

How to Paraphrase Using Synonyms: Practical Tips

Please Note: Learning to use synonyms properly is just one of the steps to help you paraphrase correctly. Rewording an original sentence with synonyms doesn’t constitute proper paraphrasing.

Practice:

Original sentence (taken from the news published on cnn.com: “Most unlikely UNESCO site: The empty citadel of Vietnam” by Ron Emmons, August 26, 2015)

At present, it looks like local farmers will have to sacrifice their land rights if their country’s leaders are determined to develop the citadel as a tourist attraction.

Paraphrase 1:

Currently, it looks like local farmers will be forced to give up their land rights if their country’s authorities are going to develop the citadel as one of the sights.

Paraphrase 2:

Now, it looks like local farmers will be obliged to quit the land rights if their country’s chiefs are about to develop the citadel as one of the places of interest.

Which one is correct?

Synonyms chosen for the first example render the same meaning as the ones used in the original passage. They read well with other words in the sentence, and that’s why this paraphrasing can be considered the correct one. In the second example, the word “quit” doesn’t flow correctly with “the land rights,” and the plural “chiefs” is not used in the meaning of “a country’s leader.”

Now it’s your turn. Choose a sentence and practise paraphrasing using synonyms.

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