Parallel Sentence Structure

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Parallel Sentence Structure Parallel structure, in which parallel ideas are expressed in the same grammatical form, highlights similarities and creates a rhythm. Lack of parallelism destroys that delicate balance. 1. Parallelism in a series. Budget cuts could result in eliminating classes, laying off teachers and the library could close earlier. (First two items in series are verb phrases; third is a clause.) Budget cuts could eliminate classes, lay off teachers and close the library earlier. 2. Parallelism with correlative conjunctions (either/or, neither/nor, both/and, not only/but also). The general said the rebels had been either killed in the shelling or in the revolt that followed. (With correlative conjunctions, make sure the same part of speech follows both words in the pair. In the example, either is followed by the verb killed, while or is
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Unformatted text preview: followed by the preposition in). The general said the rebels had been killed either in the shelling or in the revolt that followed. (Both either and or are followed by the prepositions.) 3. Parallelism in comparisons. The managing editor found doing the work himself easier than to delegate it. (Make sure the comparison is comparing like things - a person to a person, a place to a place.) The managing editor found it easier to do the work himself than to delegate it. The managing editor found doing the work himself easier than delegating it. Like State College, the new alcohol policy is being tried at other schools. (Literally, this sentence is comparing State College with the alcohol policy.) Like State College, other schools are trying the new alcohol policy. (Now the sentence is comparing school to school.)...
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