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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:31:44 AM
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What is the difference between the following words?

rephrase, paraphrase

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:49:41 AM

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Hello Koh Elaine.
That is a good question. I use both words, but have never thought why I choose one or the other in different situations.

These are definitions from The Free Dictionary (they are very similar):

rephrase vb
(tr) to phrase again, especially so as to express more clearly

par·a·phrase n.
1. A restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning.
v. express the same message in different words


The way I use them depends usually on who said or wrote the original words.

I phrase something - then may re-phrase it.
I read something (someone else's writing), then may paraphrase it.

The difference is from the original meanings of the 're-' and 'para-' prefixes.

"re-" means "do again".
"para-" means "at the side of", "alongside".

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However, I don't think that everyone has the same ideas as I do - I think the two words are often used interchangeably.


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srirr
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:51:14 AM

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The two words can be used (and are used) interchangeably. Being associated with publishing industry, to me there is some difference. These may not be completely dictionary meanings, but this is how we treat these terms.

1. Rephrase is mostly about re-wording my own statements while paraphrasing is re-wording of someone else's statements. Although instances of rephrasing other's words and paraphrasing own words is not overruled.
2. Rephrasing is done to elaborate, explain, clarify, simplify or tone down the meaning while paraphrasing does not necessarily simplify. It is just using another set/ combination of words.
3. The original essence may not be lost in rephrasing while the paraphrased version should entirely be different, retaining the meaning.
4. Paraphrasing is often done to eliminate chances of plagiarism.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 7:09:17 AM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker and srrir.
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