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This Prezi will help students understand the concept of parallel sentence structure.

Writing Center

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Parallelism

Parallelism What is parallelism? Parallel Sentence Structure Remember Parallel structure means balancing aspects of your writing to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. Parallel Sentence Structure This is not parallel: Make sentences parallel by not mixing forms. Everything needs to balance! You should have a parallel structure at the structural level as well as at the sentence level (more on that later). Parallel structure at the structural level means that all your main ideas are balanced. So if you spend a paragraph discussing one part of your thesis, the other parts each need a paragraph too. Katie likes reading, swimming, and to watch television. All three of these are verbs. However, the first two are gerunds (they end in -ing) and the last is an infinitive phrase (it uses "to" before the verb). Mike wrote his paper quickly, accurately, and in a thorough manner. The first two words are adverbs. The last isn't. This means it isn't parallel. Do this for: Words and Phrases. Katie likes reading, swimming, and watching television. Katie likes to read, to swim, and to watch television. Clauses. The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, not eat too much, and do some warm-up exercises before the game. The coach told players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and that they should do some warm-up exercises before the game. Lists after a colon. The dog was excited: running, barking, and chasing after the boys.
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