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Parallel Structure

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Shea Hoffman

on 8 February 2016

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Transcript of Parallel Structure

Faulty Parallel Structure
With parallel structure corrected:
Mary likes to hike, swim, and ride a bicycle.
Parallel Structure
Parallel structure is using a pattern of words to give ideas the same level of importance.
Faulty Parallel Structure
This is an example that lacks parallel structure:
Mary likes hiking, swimming and to ride a bicycle.
Same Type of Structure
Proper structure has a word parallel with a word, clause parallel with a clause, and phrase parallel with a phrase.
Which sentence(s) show parallel structure?
The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and that they should do some warm up.

The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and to do some warm up.

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.

Same Type of Structure
Parallel Sentence Structure
The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and that they should do some warm up.

The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and to do some warm up.

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 first and last sentences are correct because they have the proper ways of writing them as parallel structures.
Same Type of Structure
The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and that they should do some warm up.

The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat to much, and to do some warm up.

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 middle sentence is incorrect because the form is not parallel.
Parallel Structure
Nouns must match with nouns, adjectives with adjectives, adverbs with adverbs.
Parallel Structure
John was healthy, wealthy, and an athlete. [adjective, adjective, noun]

John was healthy, wealthy, and athletic. [adjective, adjective, adjective]
So...
Keep your sentence parallel your meaning may cross with the message.
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