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Paraphrasing is "expressing the meaning of (something written or spoken) using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity." (Lexico). When asking your question, mention particularly what you're having difficulty with, and how you have attempted to paraphrase the passage yourself. You must demonstrate an attempt: we don't provide a paraphrasing service.

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What punctuation is used to indicate paraphrased dialogue?

I'm translating a prose work about an epic poem. Instead of quoting dialogues in the original verse form, the author sometimes paraphrases them. What is the standard punctuation for such paraphrased ...
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How to modify the title "All paths lead to hubs: the case of water isotopologues" such that it will be one statement only? [closed]

We are in the process of publishing a paper in Communications Chemistry, for which we devised the following title: All paths lead to hubs: the case of water isotopologues However, the editor asked ...
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If "should" is used, then does the sentence become imperative?

Original sentence: Students frequently overuse direct quotations in taking notes, and as a result, they overuse quotations in the final [research] paper (Lester, 2023). Paraphrased sentence: Students ...
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It's a question on an english phrase in a sentence

What distinguishes Keynesians from other economists is their belief in activist policy to reduce the amplitude of the business cycle. Rather than seeing unbalanced government budgets as wrong, Keynes ...
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Is saying "X allows anything to happen without any restriction" the same as saying "According to X anything can happen without any restriction"

I am not a native english speaker so I don't know if the below given statements have the exact same meaning. To my current understanding they do mean the same thing but I'm not sure about it. ...
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Paraphrasing "The maximum obtainable gap would be a measure of how difficult the system is to control."

I have the following sentence in my research paper: The maximum obtainable gap would be a measure of how difficult the system is to control. However, I was told that the last part "how ...
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Word/expression for the inherent ambiguity or difficulty of defining what constitutes a good outcome

TL;DR: I am in a need of a good, precise word or an expression capturing the notion that a computer science problem P remains open (just) because it is virtually impossible to specify/define what a ...
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Word/Phrase for a person who receives a complaint from someone

I'm creating a policy and procedure in one of my subjects and am wondering is there another way of saying "a person that received a complaint". I know there's way for a person being ...
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Proper way to delineate paraphrase in casual (text-based) conversation

First question would be: is it ok to use quotation marks for a paraphrase in casual (text-based) conversation? Here's my current example: A: You were insulting people. B: I'm going to get angry. Deal ...
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How first statement feels more natural, when both statements are conveying the same information?

I am new to English language, while revising I was paraphrasing the 1st statement and got the 2nd. What I don't understand is WHY the 1st statement feels more natural while reading them when both ...
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Have I paraphrased a sentence without changing the meaning? [closed]

This is what I read: "Neuroimaging of frequent internet users shows twice as much activity in the prefrontal cortex as sporadic Internet users during online tasks." And this is how I ...
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what's the meaning of "occupying one's skin"?

The excerpt is from the following lines: Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds ...
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Rephrase "to love is to can" [duplicate]

So there is a non profit organization in Greece called "Μπορούμε" which translates to "we can". Me and some friends we volunteered there as a valentine's day event to give back to ...
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How would you say a person has made a choice out of being of noble character?

Let us say a person is noble/of noble character/noble-hearted. As in, he isn't a person of a social rank of nobility, but rather is a good, selfless person. I'd like to say that this person has done a ...
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Alternatives for "demand"

"The job Y demands familiarity with Z." How do you say the above sentence, when the familiarity with the product Z is not necessary, but helpful as a part of job Y? Just to give a little ...
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Is it correct to paraphrase "the most" as "one of the most"

I just want to know if I have paraphrased the following accurately or is there another way to paraphrase it? The original sentence is: Our previous study also demonstrated that PCP was the most ...
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Sentence transformation with "say"

In an exercise, a sentence is given: I think it would be best if you didn't mention John's behaviour to his mother. The task is to write a second sentence that has exactly the same meaning, using ...
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How to simplify this complex syntax and ambiguous word usage? [closed]

I couldn't understand a sentence in a literary work which is too complex and containing too much terminology. Can you help me understand the sentence by just simplifying or re-organazing or re-...
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Paraphrasing "Hours of leisure time per year in Someland" [closed]

I'm getting ready for the IELTS exam (The academic module) and as some of you might know , in the writing section (Task 1) we will be given a graph. Take a look at the picture below as an example: ...
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Synthesis and Transformation

Give the task of synthesizing and transforming these two sentences: John ran after the snatch thief. John tripped over a stone and fell. Into just one of this form: While ____________, ____________....
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Parapharese "I will never get used to living in a village." [closed]

I will never get used to living in a village. paraphrasing this sentence? what ideas? "get used to" the meaning and never synonym?
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Pararphrasing question

I have come across the following the sentence : (I ripped my shirt on a nail ) Can I just say " The nail ripped my shirt " instead .
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Could you please rephrase or simplify it?

Macfarlane notes that even though 17th-century Japan had large cities, high literacy rates, even a futures market, it had turned its back on the essence of any work-based revolution by giving up labor-...
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How to paraphrase "not to mention" [duplicate]

Is the use of "not to mention getting a promotion" in the following sentence natual? If not, how to rewrite it? The main idea is: working hard is a must to have a job, getting a promotion needs to ...
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How to paraphrase a wordy sentence [closed]

I have the following sentence, but it looks word. How to get it concise and clear? My friend John, a smart postgraduate, once worked on a project which was assigned by his professor and was required ...
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Past or present tense when reporting the views of another?

When reporting the views of another person, what tense should I use? Here are three fragments of a paragraph from a text I am currently writing: "Another objection is that Friedman overestimates the ...
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How do I paraphrase "distribute as evenly as possible"?

For the phrase "distribute as evenly as possible", could we use a simpler one—something like "distribute evenly possible" or "distribute possibly evenly". I know these ...
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How could I simplify or shorten this compound sentence involving "for which"?

I'm cannot figure out how to express a sentence I am writing. I want to tell my school they should have received my transcript since another school has and I ordered for both schools at the same time. ...
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What does it mean by "wasn’t everybody saying"? [closed]

"As Mr Trump’s opponents called this a disaster, his supporters lambasted their criticism as hysterical—wasn’t everybody saying a year ago that it was sinister to have so many generals in the cabinet?"...
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what does magisterial mean in "magisterial skills"

I often hear it in football commentary when a player(Lionel Messi) scores and the commentator(Ray Hudson) yells "Magisterial, Leo". And I saw a video on Youtube titled "Lionel Messi Magisterial Skills"...
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Is annoying a synonym of boring?

I know boring means uninteresting or dull, and annoying means irritating or bothering, for me they are totally different, so I was surprised to see "bore" being translated as "使厌烦"(which means ...
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What is a word for "being forced into submission"?

I have a quote in my essay but I don't remember where I got it from, so I need to remove and paraphrase it. Here's my original sentence: The belief that, as Christian women, queens should behave ...
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How should I understand these lines from As You Like It?

I am currently on my second reading of As You Like It. I am having a really hard time comprehending lines 22-25 in Act 1, scene 2. Here are those lines as they appear in the version I am reading (The ...
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Polite way to say: As far as I'm concerned? [closed]

Is there a way we can use the phrase "as far as I'm concerned" in a polite way in an email? eg: As far as we are concerned the task was carried out according to stated standards.
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Adjective/phrase for a situation that requires fast and accurate decisions

My sentence is At the individual level, it seeks to provide an objective risk estimate for medical decision making in the highly charged and emotional environment of intensive care I want to rephrase ...
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Which one has the same meaning?

It was quite clear that this place was not big enough to house all the family members. -between the two sentences below, Which one has the same meaning as the one above? It was quite cleat that this ...
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Short for "I would like that we..."

I wanna say the following: "I'd like that we had (something)". Can I say: "I'd like we had (something)"? I remember something like this from English classes.
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Problems with paragraphs [closed]

Problems with correct sentences I would like to study related algebraic problems in the complexity framework,one of the challenge in this would be to find suitable parameter for these problems. ...
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Quotation marks and types of dialogue

I'm editing the autobiography of a German-American woman who grew up during Hitler's reign. There are several instances where she uses quotation marks in a way that I'm not sure is correct. 1. Life ...
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Phrase for something that takes a very long time and a lot of resources to understand

I want to paraphrase this sentence into something smaller - "Laypersons cannot understand findings from papers in this field, no matter how much time they spend. To understand them, experts are ...
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A more professional use of "make" [closed]

How would you paraphrase "One of the objectives is to make Dubai branch a self-sustaining organization." to make it sound more professional by avoiding the use of "make".
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How the phrase "take the pain of gain" might be understood and paraphrased here? [closed]

In the following sentence: "I had to stay short [position in stocks] and take the pain of gain no matter what." my comment is added in the brackets [] 1) What does the pain of gain mean at all? 2)...
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There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction

I am reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and I came across this paragraph There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog ...
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Is it correct to say "Level stars counts"? (in a video game)

In a video game, we are using a sentence to tell the user that if he fails to reach end of the level, he will lose the stars he collected in that level. Which one is better? Level stars counts ...
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How to express the paradoxical situation in idiom or proper sentences? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to express the situation described below either with a better paraphrase, or perhaps by using a relevant idiom. We've introduced a something with the expectation that ...
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How can I "streamline" my inquiries to customers? [closed]

Usually everyday I tell each patient, "Did you want a 3-months supply on all your current and future maintenance medications? As far as your prescriber and plan allow, we can go ahead and fill your ...
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How to paraphrase "the next day"? [closed]

I'm writing a text in past tense, and I wish to dexribe it day by day, but writing 'the next day' in the beginning of each sentence seems awful. Any suggestions? Upd: the comments were really ...
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A question about "... from whose known good sense he fully expected to have"

I have a question about a sentence from the novel Persuasion, written by Jane Austen. Mr Shepherd, a civil, cautious lawyer, who, whatever might be his hold or his views on Sir Walter, would rather ...
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What is the term for paraphrasing an idiom (for humorous effect)?

For example, paraphrasing "Devil's advocate" as "Satan's lawyer" or saying that something would "cost several limbs". I'm pretty sure there is a term but I can't remember it or Google it successfully.
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what is another way to say " I have done task A task B and task C for free for this project"? [closed]

I want another way to say: "I have done task A task B and task C for free for this project" I wish to sound more professional.
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