Exercises on Paraphrasing the task question.
Updated: Oct 20th 2021
Paraphrasing is an important skill to practice in IELTS and is necessary for the writing tasks. If you can paraphrase well it shows that you have a wide range of vocabulary and this goes toward getting a high band score in Lexical resource.
Key points about paraphrasing
In the introduction of your essay the first thing you should 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 to change 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 Adverb+ verb in sentence 1, to noun phrase + 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
This task 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.
Let’s try another one
Try it yourself before checking my answer.
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