Example of a paraphrased question
Simple Steps in Paraphrasing
In the process of paraphrasing, the structure may be distorted but make sure to keep the thought or meaning. Only paraphrase when there is a need to do so. If the question is simple enough to be understood, there is no need to restate it.
The first step in paraphrasing is to locate the key points or highlighted words in the original question. Focusing on those important words, find synonyms that may replace the original words.
The use of variation in the terms is to refrain from parroting or echoing the question. Consider the verb tenses or any changes in the sentence structure. There are some starting phrases to be added in paraphrasing. Some of these examples are:
"If I heard you correctly, you were asking if..."
"You were asking that...Is that right?"
"As I understand it, you want to know if.... Am I correct?"
"So your question is about..."
If the speaker confirms correctness of the paraphrased question and you start answering, your response should be what the person wants to hear and know. That is one of the ways to check if the original question was appropriately restated or not.