What is a paraphrase?
A paraphrase is a restatement with other words of the meaning of a text or passage. Usually a paraphrase explains or clarifies the paraphrased text. There is no need for a paraphrase to accompany a direct quotation, the paraphrase typically serves to put the statement of the source into perspective or to clarify the context in which it appears.
How is it different from a summary?
Typically, a paraphrase is more detailed than a summary. Paraphrase may attempt to preserve the material being paraphrased's essential meaning. Thus, reinterpreting a source (intentionally or otherwise) to infer a meaning not explicitly evident in the source itself qualifies as "original research" and not as a paraphrase. Unlike a metaphrase that represents the source's "formal equivalent," a paraphrase represents the source's "dynamic equivalent."
What is a metaphrase?
While a metaphrase attempts to literally translate a text, a paraphrase conveys, if necessary, at the expense of literality, the essential thought expressed in a source text. Within this context, the phrase "in your own words" is often used to imply that the writer has rewritten the text in his own writing style-how if they had created the idea they would have written it. There are some machine learning models on natural language texts nowadays to learn and recognize paraphrases.
Can it be done automatically?
Using text simplification software, sentences can also be paraphrased automatically. The creation of Deep Learning in recent years has led to breakthroughs in computer understanding of images and text, resulting in useful paraphrase and summarization techniques.
How can I write my own paraphrases?
You rewrite your argument using your own words when you paraphrase the writing of another author, phrasing and interpreting it in your own way. Do not copy chunks of text directly from the book as you study and write your notes, but always write your study notes in your own words and note from which book or article your notes have been drawn. Once you have taken notes from the original source, only work from your notes: remove the original item or book. Check the books and articles you use as sources in your writing. If the words you wrote are too similar to the original, try revising your own text.