How to paraphrase in five steps

  1. Read the passage several times to fully understand the meaning

  2. Note down key concepts

  3. Write your version of the text without looking at the original

  4. Compare your paraphrased text with the original passage and make minor adjustments to phrases that remain too similar

  5. Cite the source where you found the idea

 

Original

     Blue whale, (Balaenoptera musculus), also called sulfur-bottom whale, the most massive animal ever to have lived, a species of baleen whale that weighs approximately 150 tons and may attain a length of more than 30 meters (98 feet). The largest accurately measured blue whale was a 29.5-meter female that weighed 180 metric tons (nearly 200 short [U.S.] tons), but there are reports of 33-meter catches that may have reached 200 metric tons. The heart of one blue whale was recorded at nearly 700 kg (about 1,500 pounds).

 

Paraphrase A

     The blue whale is an enormous animal. Some of them can weigh up to 150 tons and can reach lengths up to 98 feet, almost 1/3 the length of a football field. The largest whale discovered weighed 200 tons and 97 feet long. Their hearts can weigh up to 1,500 pounds (“Blue Whale”).

 

Paraphrase B

     The Blue whale is also known as the sulfur-bottom whale. It is the most massive animal ever and weighs approximately 150 tons and may grow to a length of more than 98 feet. The largest measured blue whale was 29.5-meter long and weighed 180 metric tons. The heart of one blue whale was about 1,500 pounds (“Blue Whale”).

Which of these is a good paraphrase? Which one just changed a few words?  (Answer)

Paraphrase A is the correct paraphrase.

 

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