Here is an example of paraphrasing using the opening sentence of the Gettysburg Address:

Original:
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all man are created equal.

First draft paraphrase replacing words with synonyms:
Eighty-seven years before today, our political and spiritual ancestors created in North America a country that did not exist before, thought of in freedom and devoted to establishing the principle that all people are born with the same rights.

Revised paraphrase with restructured sentences:
Our political and spiritual ancestors were thinking of how to make freedom a reality when, eighty-seven years before today, they created a country that did not previously exist. Their creation was devoted to establishing the principle that all people are born with the same rights.

(Bazerman, Charles. The Informed Writer. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston. 1992. 39-40.)


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