Paraphrase, Reword, or Rephrase

Updated Jun 11, 2021

Reword, Rephrase, or Paraphrase?

By Matthew

There are many tools available now that can help rephrase, rewrite, reword, and paraphrase text, but what is the best solution for your writing?

Typically tools that only reword aspects of your writing will offer changes without considering the context around the words, leaving you with often clunky writing. For very small changes in highly refined text where full sentence rewrites are not necessary, small rewordings can be effective in making your meaning clearer. But often, there are more possibilities for rewriting a sentence.

Rephrasing a sentence typically includes both changing words and the grammar of the sentence. The advantage of a sentence rephrase is that you get an opportunity to fix the grammar fix the grammar and rework any awkward phrase.

Too often when people use a thesaurus, they just replace one word with another, often not thinking about how the context will accompany the new word. It may sound odd and not match the original intent. Even though rewording, rephrasing, and paraphrasing seem like synonyms, we think that full sentence paraphrases are best, since they encompass the entire thought in a piece of writing.

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.