Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) use your own words to express someone else's message or ideas
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    • I'm paraphrasing here
  • Analysis
    When you 'paraphrase' someone you are reporting something that someone else has said that is not a direct quote. A 'paraphrasing' of something (noun) is a rewording or something that was written or spoken. "Even if you are paraphrasing an author you need to cite the writer in the bibliography." To 'paraphrase' (verb) is to express the meaning of something using different words than the original, usually to achieve greater clarity or understanding. This is a term often used in academic or research contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm paraphrasing here, but John said something like 'life begins outside your comfort zone.' That was the gist of it anyway.
    2. He has a tendency to paraphrase a lot in his essays, rather than give the exact quote.
    3. Good journalists use exact quotes rather than paraphrasing their interviewees
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. When translating it's important that the translator accurately translates exactly what is said. Paraphrasing can have serious legal ramifications.
    2. I don't trust that publication, they have a bad track record of paraphrasing and getting things wrong.
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