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.|