Looking for a free paraphrasing tool online? You've come to the right place.
‘Paraphrase’ is one of those lovely little words that seem to have a rich history, having made its way into the English language some time during the early 16th Century via the Greek, AND the Latin, AND the French languages – which each claiming some hold to its etymology.
It seems to have retained a remarkably similar form too. Its definition is similarly unwavering:
‘To speak in other terms.’
To say the same thing, but with all the filler and fluff cut out.
Alright, simple enough so far. But what do they look like?
Steven left the house on a rainy, Sunday afternoon and headed towards the local corner shop. He had just enough money to buy his favourite brand of chocolate bar, hoping that would lift his spirits on this miserable day.
There’s a lot of stuff in there you don’t really NEED. It can be condensed down to ‘Steven left the house to buy a chocolate bar’. That’s paraphrasing. It’s really that simple.
Is it always that quick and easy?
When you have lots and lots of information to condense, this can be a lengthy process.
Paraphrasing Tool for Teachers
Those of you teaching English as a second language, or even as a foreign language, will be familiar with the problem of trying to make sure your students digest the main ‘point’ that’s mixed in with all the waffle.
It can be hard for them to know which bits they should be committing to memory, and which bits are nothing more than context to help the ‘point’ be understood.
But when you need the point to be remembered, sometimes the context can distract from that.
It is also useful for online ESL teachers to rephrase sentences in those never ending student reports.
Article Paraphrasing Tool for Students
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It is often a need of students to use a paraphrasing tool to avoid plagiarism.
This is where you may want to consider one of the many paraphrasing tools available online.
What are my choices? Are they free?
While there are many paraphrasing tools freely available online, it’s worth pointing out at this early point that, as with everything: you get what you pay for.
There are definitely some effective free-of-charge paraphrasing tools available online, but the ‘premium’ ones will obviously perform better.
Best Free Paraphrasing Tool
But let’s assume you don’t want to spend the big bucks. We’ll look at a tool that is freely available to you at the click of a search button. This tool is Quillbot.
Quillbot – English Paraphrasing Tool
We’ll use this example sentence from the blurb of Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies, the 2012 edition:
‘If you thought that teaching a language that’s second nature to you would be easy, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simultaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge.’
Let’s see how Quillbot deals with these two sentences, and we’ll see how happy we are with the results.
‘If you thought it would be easy to teach a second nature language to you, think again.’
As you can see, Quillbot decided that the entirety of the second sentence was unnecessary to the point being made, but it has also messed up the grammatical structure of the sentence.
So you’ll need to keep a close eye on these tools to ensure that they’re not hijacking the sentence and saying something completely different.
Another alternative in the world of automatic paraphrasing tools is Spinbot – an article ‘spinning' or text rewriting tool.
Quillbot vs Spinbot
Spinbot requires you to pay if you wish to remove ads or captchas. Quillbot is completely free without hidden monetary agenda. It does have a premium version if you so choose.
Therefore, Quillbot is for my money (or lack thereof, as the case may be) the best freely available paraphrasing tool.
For more useful online tools, click the image below for a software that converts articles into videos – whether paraphrased or not: