Life Easier Today Than It Was 50 Years Ago Essay

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Paraphrasing

S. Kathleen Kitao
Kenji Kitao

When you write a paper, you use some information that you have read in books, journals, on the Internet, etc. Your teacher might have told you, “Use your own words.” In other words, even when you use someone else’s information, you are not allowed to use the words they wrote. You have to use your own. You have to say the same thing in a different way. This is called paraphrasing.

For example, if the book you are reading from says, “John Adams, who was involved in winning independence for the United States, was the second President.” You cannot write those words in your paper. You cannot even write, “John Adams, a man involved in winning independence for the United States, was its second
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For example, you could change “Movies can be divided into three categories” to “Movies can be divided into three types.”

1. The way a person dresses affects the impression that other people have.
__ The way a person dresses influences the image that other people have.___
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2. That phrase means “in a happy way.”
___That expression means “in a cheerful way.”_____________________________________
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3. There is little chance that the situation will improve.
___There is little possibility that the circumstances will get better.__________________
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Using Negatives or Opposite Expressions
Another way to paraphrase is to change a positive expression into a negative expression, or a negative expression into a positive expression. You could change “Rather than building a traditional memorial, the city built a park” to “The city did not build a traditional memorial; instead it built a park.”

1. Shaun was disappointed, because the movie wasn’t very good.
___Shaun wasn’t satisfied, because the movie wasn’t very good.______________________

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