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For example, suppose I wanted to say, "It would keep me from having to rewrite this."

Could I say, "Es würde mich davor bewahren, es umschreiben zu müssen." ?

Does bewahren work here?

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Es würde mich davor bewahren, es umschreiben zu müssen.

is correct. However, this is already high-brow German, and only used in very educated speech. Though you could make it top-notch by using bewahrte instead of würde bewahren.

In colloquial German, one would say and write

Ich müsste es (dann) nicht umschreiben.

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The answer posted by Janka is definitively the correct one. Nevertheless, I want to point out, that

Es würde mir ersparen, es umschreiben zu müssen.

is also a possible translation. I would use it especially when I am not feeling comfortable with the rewriting. So, the feelings connecting to rewriting are a little bit more negative with ersparen in comparison to the use of bewahren.

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Here some more forms to express this in colloquial language (meaning: grammatically not always quite kosher, but very typical for oral communication):

Dann müsste ich's nicht umschreiben. [Oh, that was actually Janka's solution]

Das [er]spart mir, dass ich's umschreiben muss.

Das erspart mir das Umschreiben.

Dann kann ich mir das Umschreiben sparen.

However, for colloquial language "umschreiben" itself is probably a little bit too high-tone. More hits in an everyday language sample would probably give:

Dann müsst' ich's nicht nochmal[s] ändern.

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