How to Rephrase a Paragraph

Updated Aug 17, 2021

5 Steps to Rephrase a Paragraph

By Matthew

It is not as easy to rephrase a paragraph as it is to rewrite a sentence, but it is essential to writing well.

The paragraph is a basic unit of writing. Paragraphs should be easy to read and easy to understand. If you are a writer that is not clear to the point, it will be hard for your readers to follow what you are saying.

What is a paragraph?

A paragraph is a group of sentences that have a single topic. A paragraph is also usually a group of sentences that have the same idea. The most important sentence in a paragraph is the first sentence. Make sure the beginning has a good topic sentence. The main point of the paragraph should also be clear.

How to rephrase a paragraph

Step 1: Read the Paragraph

Read the paragraph out loud. Read it like you are reading a book.

Step 2: Rewrite the First Sentence of the Paragraph

Rewrite the beginning sentence in a few different ways to see which way works best. For instance, you can change the beginning sentence to make it longer and more descriptive. If you get stuck on this step, try our tool that will rephrase a paragraph.

Step 3: Rewrite the End of the Paragraph

Rewrite the end of the paragraph. Ask yourself, “does this paragraph adequately treat the topic?”

Step 4: Elaborate on the Paragraph

Add more details and examples to support your argument.

For more on this point, check out our article on our sentence thesaurus.

Step 5: Read the Paragraph Again

Read the paragraph out loud again. If the paragraph flows well, you are done. If not, rephrase more.

You will get better at rephrasing paragraphs when you practice it regularly. In fact, if you do it often enough, you will find yourself able to automatically rephrase what people are saying as they are talking to you or when you read something. This is a great skill and will help you understand what other people are communicating to you.

To learn more, check out this paraphrase how to guide; it's always good to see examples of paraphrase, so you know what to expect.