Synthesizing text can also be referred to as paraphrasing the text. When the reader paraphrases, they are writing the ideas of the author, but in their own words. For example, an author might write the following: “On a beautiful summer night, James sat upon his roof looking up at the night sky, admiring the stars. A soft breeze blew by carrying with it a sense of calm he would not soon forget.” A reader who is paraphrasing this text may write something along the lines of: “James sat on his roof and looked at the stars.” This is a correct statement in which the author’s intention is stated, but not in the same way. Synthesizing often detracts from the full meaning an author conveys, but is useful for short descriptions.
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