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English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 4: Parallel Structures Semester 1, 2011/12 ©PolyU HKCC 1 Session 4: Parallel Structures Part A: Diagnostic Test Identify and underline the nonparallel structures in the following passage. Then, revise these sentences to eliminate errors in parallel structure in the space between the lines. (1) How do you classify a person as beautiful? (2) Do you consider someone having an attractive appearance, to dress up in gorgeous apparel, or having a slim body beautiful? (3) Being affected by the advertisements of slimming treatments and products shown on television and the mass media, many women now believe that having not more than 100 lbs is beautiful, and it was claimed by these women that having a slim body can gain back their self- confidence and others’ respect after losing weight. (4) This view is *fallacious. *Fallacious: illogical Part B: Grammatical Sentences - Review Parallel Structures - Sentences that list things in a series using the same grammatical form to improve sentence clarity, conciseness, and readability. Using words in parallel form: Put words of the same grammatical form in a series. Example (nouns) : Disciplinary action will be taken if a student is found plagiarizing others ideas or words. Example (verbs) : I have read and chosen an article about the 2008 financial tsunami in the last reflective writing practice. Example (adjectives) : A good English learner should be active, diligent and uninhibited . Example (adverbs) : No bonus mark will be given to works completed sloppily, untidily and late. Using phrases in parallel form: Put phrases of the same grammatical form in a
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