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Copy of Parallel Structure

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on 26 August 2013

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Parallel Structure
Parallel Structure has nothing to do with parallel lines.
Definition
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.
Example
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
OR
This is correct ! Now you're thinking parallel.
Now it is your turn to write your very own parallel sentence. Be creative!
Exit Ticket
HAVE FUN!
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).
Example
Not Parallel:
My best friend took me dancing and to a show.

Parallel:
My best friend took me to

a dance

and
a show
.
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.) .
Example
Not Parallel:

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
.

OR

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
than
or
as
.
Example
Not Parallel: I would rather pay for my education than financial aid.

Parallel: I would rather
pay
for my education than
receive
financial aid.
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