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Copy of Parallel Structure
Transcript of Copy of Parallel Structure
Parallel Structure has nothing to do with parallel lines.
Parallel structure is the deliberate use of repeated words, phrases, or clauses to create a distinct rhythm or fluency in our writing.
Ms.Ward likes reading, writing, and to grade papers.
This sentence is INCORRECT.
The usual way to join parallel structures is with the conjunctions "and" or "or".
Ms.Ward likes to read, to write, and to grade papers.
Ms.Ward likes reading, writing, and grading papers
This is correct ! Now you're thinking parallel.
Now it is your turn to write your very own parallel sentence. Be creative!
Parallel Structure with Coordinating Conjunctions
When you connect two or more clauses or phrases with a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, or so).
My best friend took me dancing and to a show.
My best friend took me to
Parallel Structure with Correlative Conjunctions
When you connect two clauses or phrases with a correlative conjunction (not only…but also, either…or,neither…nor, if…then, etc.) .
My dog not only likes to play fetch, but also chase cars.
Parallel: My dog not only
likes to play fetch
, but he also
likes to chase cars
My dog likes not only
to play fetch
, but also
to chase cars
Parallel Structure with Phrases or
Clauses of Comparison
When you connect two clauses or phrases with a word of comparison, such as
Not Parallel: I would rather pay for my education than financial aid.
Parallel: I would rather
for my education than