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Have you ever wondered about the differences between the terms copyediting and rewriting in the context of academic writing? If so, you've come to the right place. In this episode of the Trinka podcast, we will explore the often confused terms paraphrasing and rewriting. We will define these terms, examine their differences, provide examples, and discuss their use cases. Knowing these distinctions is crucial for researchers seeking to improve their paraphrasing skills and avoid plagiarism. Additionally, we will clarify the boundaries between copy editing, substantive editing, and rewriting, as they belong to different realms of the writing process.
Paraphrasing, as defined by vocabulary.com, involves summing up or clarifying a statement by rephrasing it. The goal of paraphrasing is to retain the original meaning while making the text more readable, understandable, or tailored to specific audiences. It does not involve changing the structure or order of the original text. On the other hand, rewriting means starting from scratch and completely changing the sentence or order of text to convey the same meaning in a different way. This process often involves wholesale changes of words, phrases, and sentence structures to create a new version of the text.
To further dissect the differences between paraphrasing and rewriting, let's summarize them in a list format:
To illustrate these differences, let's consider a hypothetical paper abstract and two versions of its paraphrased form, as well as a rewritten version. In the paraphrased versions, changes are made in phrase and word order, while the narrative remains more or less the same. The rewritten version, however, completely overhauls the arguments, narrative structure, and writing style, likely targeting a different audience.
Now, let's explore how these terms can be used in the context of academic writing:
In academic writing, understanding the differences between paraphrasing and rewriting is crucial. Paraphrasing involves using the same or similar words to retain the original meaning, while rewriting entails starting from scratch to create a new version with potentially different meanings or stresses. Paraphrasing is commonly used to avoid plagiarism, while rewriting allows for significant changes in content, target audience, and narrative style. By mastering these techniques, researchers can