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Parallelism is about balancing similar words, phrases, or clauses identified by similarity in its grammatical structure. The application of parallelism in sentence construction can sometimes improve writing style, clearness, and readability.

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Is Wikipedia's example of parallelism incorrect?

As of this writing, Wikipedia's article about parallelism in grammar includes these examples: Lacking parallelism: The dog ran across the yard, jumped over the fence, and sprinted away. Parallel: ...
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Is it grammatical to use parallelism (omit the subject) when the first clause is passive and the second is active? [closed]

Here's the example: "They are first taught the basic procedures for scuba diving, including safety and communication with fellow divers, then familiarize themselves with the equipment before ...
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Can "is similar to that " be used with anything other than "of"?

A common construct for comparison (making parallels) is "the X of A is similar to that of B". Quoting an example here ... the animals' situation is similar to that of the plants. which is ...
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Is "[...]by only no state-prison offenses correct[...]?

In the first chapter of Walden, Economy, Thoreau writes: It is very evident what mean and sneaking lives many of you live, for my sight has been whetted by experience; always on the limits, trying to ...
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Parallel structure [A as well as B]

He wants to know how to keep in touch with her as well as how to get her attention. The sentence above has the correlative conjungction [A as well as B]. Here, A and B should have a parallel structure,...
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Does the following sentence maintain parallelism?

Socialism does not work because there is a lack of incentive for the people to contribute, a dangerously dictatorial government, and widespread corruption. Has parallelism been maintained in the ...
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Can I omit the word 'for' in a parallel structure?

For example in this sentence: Studies have shown that the benefits of environmental initiatives were actually higher for small companies than for big companies. Is omitting the "for" in ...
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Does the parallel structure break when we use pronouns?

First of all, I know that this sentence obviously preserves the parallel structure: The experiment on wild animals yields results not only to understand their eating habits better but also to ...
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Is the construction "[only/merely/just + infinitive]" grammatical?

Consider this sentence: I am not going to the dinner, merely to the cocktail hour. Is this grammatical? Why? It's a little like a coordinating conjunction, except that the elements aren't parallel --...
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How can I make this sentence more parallel in structure? (Example below)

In particular, the consumption of water allows chemical reactions to take place, substances to be readily transported, body temperature to be regulated, and tissues to be protected and lubricated in ...
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Is it right to say "I do A, do B, and do C"?

I want to state I did 3 things with different verbs. Is the following right? We use it, load it and test it.
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not only... but also (but also - together)

I know that parallelism is a maxim when it comes to talking about this matter, my question is: Not only do I like chocolate, but I also like coffee. (this is correct) Not only do I like chocolate, but ...
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Using 'not only' and 'but also' - are both these sentences correct?

I have searched so many sites and looked at the questions here but can't get clarification on whether both these sentences are correct or not. I've figured out they should be parallel and looking at ...
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agreement in parallel structure

Consider this sentence: When I am working at the computer, where do I end and the computer begin? The question is a parallel structure. If we unpack it, it would be Where do I end, and where does ...
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Is this parallel?

Getting attacked by a wolf, not having enough food in the winter, and my friend’s marriage were depressing times. Is this parallel? I think the first two are called gerund phrases and the last one ...
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can't help + gerund, can't help myself from, can't help but laugh at

Are all the three following sentences paraphrases of the sentence: It's impossible for me not to laugh when he starts singing. I can't help laughing when he starts singing. I can't help myself from ...
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Is there any way to make this a parallel structure?

Should you find yourself on the wrong track, there is strength to return; should you make a mistake, there is time to correct it. I tried to express the advantage of being young, and then I got stuck ...
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Confusion with parallelism in verb tenses

I came across a sentence: Rural hospitals across the US face financial losses and, as a result, have struggled to stay open. My inclination is that this sentence is not quite correct because of the ...
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Omission of the noun in the second sentence of two sentences joined by a conjunction like "and"

First, I want to make clear that I'm not a native English speaker. So this question may seem too easy for native English speakers, but it is quite difficult to definitively answer for me. I have seen, ...
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Using the oxford comma to separate two entities of which one has an article

Considering that I do not want to switch the positions of the italicized nouns in this sentence: "Taken as examples are the Limboagan effect, and hysteria." Will it be correct to use the ...
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Grammatical Rules of Construction. Conjunction-reduction

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of certain phrases that follow a particular pattern. Since I lack the vocabulary to define that pattern, I'll give some examples instead: The pet-friendly ...
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Parallelism in a sentence

A public authority was looking to improve productivity, transparency of information and better manage public funds. What would be the correct way to write the above statement? A public authority was ...
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Parallel Structure in sentences

I was given three incorrect sentences and the task is to correct them. I've googled many examples and explanations of parallel structure, but I'm still unsure whether my solutions are correct: ...
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What do you make of the quoted paragraph below?

I pulled this paragraph from an English textbook written for beginner's level (A1 according to CEFR) English learners in my country (Vietnam). The question I want to ask is: Can you understand what ...
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Parallelism and comma

I have a parallelism question. I want to convey that Kenny wrote a book on Eric Cartman's life. Please see the two versions below and see whether my reasoning next to them makes sense. In 2005, Kenny ...
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What is the right way to express a work relationship

I want to convey the idea that the actor worked in Quentin Tarantino's films in his early days --> early days of the actor, not Tarantino. Which version is correct? He worked in three other films ...
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Describing a requirement for patient autonomy in medical treatment

I am listing a set of desirable characteristics of a medical treatment in a certain setting -- essentially criteria for acceptability. Each section starts with a single word that identifies the ...
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Parallelism, Use of auxiliary verb

The below sentence was given as an example in chapter 12, of the SC GMAT Strategy Guide. "At current prices, oil in the Antarctic may be worth drilling for, if wells can be dug there and ...
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Creative writing in intentionally archaic language: parallelism in abnormal contractions

I hope this is on topic here. I am revising an original poem. No, I am not posting it or asking for a critique. I am intentionally using old-fashioned language. I would like to know if the concept of ...
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How can I paraphrase this in parallel writing style?

I'd really appreciate it if someone can show me how to better paraphrase the italicized part in the following sentence: I always used to call him "Professor", so I will continue to refer to ...
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"Otherwise" after "where"

Here is a passage in a technical document I'm working on: Simple vs. associative arrays Where you need key-value pairs, use associative arrays. Otherwise, use the simple ones. As I felt, there was ...
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Do I need to repeat the preposition "for" to keep this sentence parallel?

Option A: Several Pentagon contractor firms are working on a new class of ventilator masks, not just for emergency and cleanup workers but to prepare for outbreaks of dangerous viruses and for still ...
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Confusion with parallel construction of the infinitives "to acknowledge" and "to accept"

In the following sentences, the parallel construction of the infinitives "to acknowledge" and "to accept" have, at least temporarily, befuddled me. Should it be To acknowledge the ...
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Wording for post-graduation plans

I am sending announcements about my daughter’s graduation from college. I want to include a sentence about her post-graduation plans. Originally I wrote, Rose will pursue her master of ...
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Are the following sentences parallel?

Not only was it raining all day at the wedding but also the band was late. Not only will they paint the outside of the house but also the inside.
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Should the preposition "on" be used again in this sentence?

Notice the following: I wondered if my going to this different place was as hard on him as it was me. I remember being taught to occasionally repeat certain words in order to preserve parallelism. ...
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Usage of comma and parallel verbs in this sentence

Interestingly enough, a large number of the Facebook-based business ventures [have been formed][,] and [are run] and [managed] by women, which directly and indirectly contributes to women's ...
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Is the second "to" needed here? "I am going to listen and (to) read" [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Can I use both? "I am going to listen and read." "I am going to listen and to read."
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What to call the plane between Background and Foreground?

In a 2½-dimensional design system, where x and y are planar coordinates, but z is only a signed (±) stacking index, what do you call the main or basic plane (or layer or level or ground) ...
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"post offices can provide many of the same services OF banks"

The diverse array of successful portal banking systems around the world shows that post offices can provide many of the same services of banks. This sentence is incorrect, and "of banks" should be ...
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Parallel structure with a negative

Would this sentence follow the rules of parallel structure? In order to improve your country, you should take care of the environment, avoid throwing litter, help society, and don't use plastic. I ...
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Parallelism with "have" and "have been" sounds wrong

I came across a sentence like this: (A) Many have been buggy or poor experiences. It sounds wrong and I would have written that like this: (B) Many have been buggy or have poor experiences. ...
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Verb Parallelism

The fossils preserved in the rock strata of the Grand Canyon have accumulated for a billion years and provide an invaluable geologic record. I wonder why “provide” is not “provided”. I think “provide”...
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How should an imperative sentence with multiple verb phrases and differing prepositions be worded?

The following are two version of a tagline. Ask questions and share your unique knowledge about trains with the hobbyist community. and Ask questions about and share your unique knowledge on ...
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What determines how much of a repetition can be omitted for shortening?

Given two sentences with the same subject, we can merge them into one. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to keep buildings cool. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to capture ...
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Helps with practice question

Identify the underlined error in the following excerpt: More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA), and leading energy conservation groups invites everyone to ...
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"We will not only go to Mars but also to Jupiter." is grammatically correct? And some other questions

Is this grammatically correct? "We will not only go to Mars but also to Jupiter." How about "We will go not only to Mars but also to Jupiter." and "We will go to not only ...
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What is the literary device to describe isocolons with direct opposites?

In the poem 'We Shall Come No More' in Tawny Island by Verra Brittain, there is a strong parallelism between the 1st and 2nd stanza, even going as far as the same letter count. However the words are ...
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similar to or similarly to

Using the example "to obtain similar to or similarly to," the latter sounds very strange even though similarly is definitely being used as an adverb. The sentence: "The fragments were obtained similar ...
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Faulty Parallelism3: to 'while' or not to 'while'

The problem sentence: I have always liked thinking through complicated problems to find creative solutions, be they in a mathematics class or while helping a friend. I wrote this sentence for ...
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