Questions tagged [parallelism]

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 the error a misplaced modifier or a faulty parallel structu

A tall man dressed in a red suit, and draping a green bag from his shoulder, which hid his face from the CCTV device. How should I correct this sentence. Answer: A tall man dressed in a red suit, and ...
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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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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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Parallelism in clauses?

Is it possible to have different tenses in the contrasting/comparative adverbial clauses and the main clause of the sentence OR do the verbs always have to be parallel according to parallelism? ex: ...
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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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In the following sentence, the parallel construction of the infinitives “to acknowledge” and “to accept” have, at least temporarily, befuddled me

To acknowledge the equality of black folks would also, so it was believed, accept a lowered status for rural whites. OR To acknowledge the equality of black folks would be also, so it was believed, ...
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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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When to use noun or pronoun? [question related to parallelism, noun, pronoun, idioms]

Take a look at the following examples. The King and I The other person and I It's your fault, not the other person's. The other person has left the room. I stay. My person has ...
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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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is “nor” applied into “were” and “was” in this sentence? “Nor were these practices confined to the decadent phases, was utterly subservient to style.”

now I'm confusing about nor with "were" and "was" in parallel structure in sentence. full sentence is that Nor were these practices confined, as some scholars insist, to the later ...
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regarding parallel structure

Pluripotent genes are activated in injured tissue cells and play important role in regeneration. In the above sentence, should "play" be changed to "played" for parallel construction. Pls help.
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Can there be a comma between the adverb and the noun of the last member of a series?

I saw a practice SAT question on Khan Academy: Certified Executive Chef Hilary DeMane has prepared confections for celebrities, governors, and even Ronald Reagan. The correct answer is filled in ...
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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Parallelism “was able to” - Is this sentence correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "He was always able to understand complex situations immediately and to find good solutions right away." To me it sounds odd and should be: "He was always ...
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“Everyone is fine and having fun” or “Everyone is fine and is having fun.”

While both sentences are probably grammatical, I’m wondering which one is preferable. To me, the first sentence sounds awkward, but the second sentence may have an unnecessary is. Basing your answers ...
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A question about one point of Donald Trump’s speech at Helsinki

At his recent Helsinki summit, while reading from a prepared, written speech, Donald Trump said during his opening remarks and then later tweeted, quoting himself: I would rather take a political ...
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Is “if you need help or having trouble” correct?

Well, I have been struggling with this for a while now. My friend wrote a piece of documentation for his software, in which he included this sentence: This repository contains [software name] API ...
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a parallelism issue - the most interesting garment

Is there a parallelism issue with the following sentence? Prizes will be given to the best dressed, the worst dressed, and the most “interesting” garment. Is it natural to interpret "the most ...
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“I spilled water on the table and [the] floor”

Compare the sentences: I spilled water on the floor. I spilled water on the table and floor. I spilled water on the table and the chair. Is the missing the before floor in the second ...
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Parallelism of as…as

For these two sentences, why do we need to use "he was" and "it is"? What two things are being compared in these sentences? Henry was almost as famous a philosopher as he was a poet. It is as ...
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Parallelism Check

He believed that the judge would ask him to present the case, the jury would listen to his speech, and questions would be raised by the prosecutor. He believed that the judge would ask him to present ...
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“to make sure” parallelism and comma

Is the first comma needed in the sentence "To make sure that the audit will go smoothly, and you will avoid future questions from auditors, please ..."? My thinking is that although we normally put a ...

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