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Parallel Structure - Mr. Mirus - Goshen High School

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Charles Mirus

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of Parallel Structure - Mr. Mirus - Goshen High School

Parallel Structure
What is a Parallel structure?
Parallel structure means using the same pattern of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance.
The room was beautiful, the service was impeccable, and I've never tasted better food in my entire life.
Example
In the facility construction stage, trees are often wounded by trenching, blacktopping, changing the grade, and heavy machinery..
Christopher is good at gardening, singing, and talking.
Sammy likes hiking, biking, and to hunt.
Sammy likes hiking, biking, and hunting.
Sammy likes to hike, bike, and hunt.
Example
This can happen at the word, phrase, or clause level. The usual way to join parallel structures is with the use of coordinating conjunctions such as "and" or "or."

Whenever you include a list of actions or items, you must use equal grammatical units.
Parallel
not parallel
Declining trees have a higher probability of branch failures and of dying prematurely.
She was healthy, wealthy, and a regular reader of my column.
Recreation users inflict many wounds by pounding nails into trees, lantern burns, and damaging their roots with vehicles and heavy equipment.
Mr. Mirus is not only a fabulous teacher, but he also has an excellent taste for fashion.
Sammy likes to hike, to bike, and to hunt.
Practice determining whether a structure is parallel or not.
He was handsome, brave, and the sort of person who would do anything for you.
She was a healthy young woman, a wealthy person, and a regular reader of my column.
He was handsome, brave, and accommodating.
Declining trees have a higher probability of branch failures and of premature death.
In the facility construction stage, trees are often wounded by trenching, blacktopping, grading, and machining.
Recreation users inflict many wounds by pounding nails into trees, burning them with lanterns, and damaging their roots with vehicles and heavy equipment.
The room was beautiful, the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious.
Mr. Mirus is not only a fabulous teacher, but he also is a fashionable dresser.
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