The table below summarises the most common syntactic paraphrasing techniques.

Technique Original Text Possible Paraphrase
Changing voice (from the active to the passive and vice versa)
People have overthrown tyran­nical rulers. Despotic rulers have been forced from power (by the people).
Despotic rulers have been forced to abdicate (by the peo­ple). People have overthrown ty­rannical regimes.
Combining sentences Music can have deep effects on us. Pop, hip-hop, rock and jazz can influence how we feel and shape who we are. Music can have a profound impact on us as it can affect our moods and define our in­dividuality.
Splitting sentences Teenagers readily reveal their musical tastes on social net­working sites as a coded ex­pression of their personalities and values, thereby hoping to define who they are and show how they wish to be perceived by others, as a prelude to being accepted by them. Youngsters willingly / openly share their musical orientation / inclination / preferences and allegiances on the social me­dia. This is a subtle or sym­bolic reflection of their char­acter and beliefs, as they want to express their individuality and create a particular self-im­age // an image of themselves to others in order to gain so­cial approval / belonging.
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