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Paraphrase

The dictionary defines the prefix “para” as beside; near; alongside, as in “parallel.” This prefix occurs in words such as “paralegal,” “paramedical,” “parapsychology,” and “paramilitary.” All of these terms refer to alternate but correlative forms of the root words: legal, medical, psychology, and military. In that same vein, the dictionary defines “paraphrase” as a restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning. [5.2]

The intention here is to use the paraphrase during your Q&A session to state the challenging question in another form…to deflect the challenge and to control the meaning. This is distinctly different from restating or rephrasing because the prefix “re” means “again.” “Again” implies repetition, and repetition implies carrying forward the negative inference latent in the challenging question. A negative statement creates a negative perception. To create a paraphrase of the original question, begin with an interrogative word, such as:


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