Exercises on Paraphrasing the task question.
In the last paraphrasing exercise here we looked at paraphrasing a part of a body paragraph.
Also take a look at this blog post on How to paraphrase in IELTS writing.
Paraphrasing shows up a lot in IELTS and is necessary in the writing tasks. If you can paraphrase well it shows that you have a wide range of vocabulary, and goes toward getting a high band score in Lexical resource.
Key points about paraphrasing
In the introduction of your essay the first thing you must do is paraphrase the topic question by using synonyms or changing the word formation , if you just copy the original question you will lose points.
A good technique is changing the form of the words by using: a verb, gerund, adjective or noun. Look at the examples below.
*People increasingly access the news online these days rather than buying newspapers and magazines to find out what is going on in the world.
*There is an increase in people accessing the news online these days rather than buying newspapers and magazines to find out what is going on in the world.
I have changed two words above from gerund + verb to noun + preposition + noun + gerund and re-ordered the sentence slightly. Using this technique, you need to be confident with your grammar if you decide to change the word formation.
You have to be careful when using synonyms though, click here to see a lesson about learning new words and the dangers of synonyms.
Let’s Practice Paraphrasing
Here is a task question, you will notice it is a problem solution essay. Choose words from the list and try paraphrasing it. You do not need to paraphrase the instruction words. Check my answer when you have finished.
Practice it first before checking my answer.
Lets try another one
Try it yourself before checking my answer.
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