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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Parallelism in “whether… or not” sentence

We have an exercise on parallelism involving rewriting sentences correctly; there's this one sentence I'm unsure as how to rewrite. Mother cannot decide whether she will allow Cecil to attend the ...
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Parallel negative verbs in Present Perfect

Which one is correct? "I have not done(any verb1) or done(any verb2) something" "I have not done(any verb1) or have not done(any verb2) something" "I have not done(any verb1) or not done(any verb2) ...
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Use of the word “that” in formal tone, technical writing

I need help settling a disagreement. I have read many posts about the word "that" — probably too many, since I have gotten myself confused! In this first example, there are two subordinate clauses, ...
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Faulty Parallelism [closed]

Given a certain set of sentences, we were supposed to outline the specific area of faulty parallelism, specifically where the parallelism breaks down, using brackets, and then write the correct ...
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'both in terms of' or 'in terms of both'?

Truffles are among the world’s most valuable commodities, in terms of both economic and ecological worth. Truffles are among the world’s most valuable commodities, both in terms of economic and ...
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“You hear but you don't listen” or “You listen but you don't hear”?

My teacher introduced the quote: You look but you don’t see. You hear but you don’t listen. But I also saw books saying: You look but you don’t see. You listen but you don’t hear. ...
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When using a verb that has a noun form with a gerund, do you use the gerund or the noun?

This is the sentence in question: The last time he slept in a room by himself must have been that melancholy week between Stave’s passing and my arriving. Now, in the above sentence, the ...
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Parallelism Indicators

Consider the following two sentences which use Parallelism: (A) "He manages to get in and arranges the books" (B) "He manages to get in and arrange the books" I feel both are correct and the ...
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Comma usage in parallel structure without conjunctions?

I think it's valid to omit the conjunction in a parallel clause for effect, e.g.: There can be no absolution, no forgiveness. But is this still a valid variant of parallelism, or does the later ...
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Definite article, repetition in lists

Which would be correct? The fridge, the shelves, the walls, the floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam. The fridge, shelves, walls, floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam....
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Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure?

Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure? In my course, we study parallelism as an example of syntactic patterning. However, would it be ok to call it a syntactic structure?
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“What are” or “What is” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Which of the following would be correct: What are the primary cause and the primary consequence of the... What is the primary cause ...
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Is it recommended to include a preposition when listing several components of a sentence in parallel?

Consider the sample sentence below (quoted from a manual Here): When you evaluate a list, the Lisp interpreter looks at the first symbol in the list and then at the function definition bound to ...
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Repeating (or not) “to” in a sentence involving infinitives set in parallel

I googled it but I couldn't find the answer... maybe I didn't seek it in the proper way. My question is if "to" must be repeated in sentences such as the following ones: In the past, women used ...
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In order to Verb and (to) Verb [duplicate]

In order to address traffic jam and reduce carbon footprint In order to address traffic jam and to reduce carbon footprint Which one is correct?
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How to Make a Parallel Structure when a Same-Class word is Not Found?

I want to make a sentence, adequately using parallel structures, and can't find a way for that. I couldn't find an adjective for tobacco-relative, like I have for alcohol and automotive, in the ...
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Should you follow parallelism even if you're only connecting 2 clauses/phrases?

Is the following sentence parallel? "The program commenced with the speaker explaining the definition of recollection, which means reuniting with God and that we need to have faith in Him." If I ...
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How to deal with parallel structure where the plurality of the nouns changes?

This is the intent of what I want to get across: You are participating in a discussion with the moderators and as a moderator. I want to emphasize in particular that he is not only speaking with ...
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When can you omit words in a parallel structure?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, so this is always confusing. I wrote the following sentence: Due to its hydrophobic property, beta-carotene in carrots is more easily absorbed ...
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US English - need for determiners (a/an) in each item of a list (already parallel)

I have been all over every grammar site I can find (including this one) and cannot find a definitive answer. I am looking for a rule that says in a list of singular nouns, each noun must have its own ...
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“…putting the proper efforts and funds into it…” or “…putting the proper effort and funds into it…”

Complete sentence: Marketing can be invaluable to your firm, and putting the proper effort and funds into it up-front to ensure that it is done correctly can provide you with substantial benefits. ...
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Sentence structure and meaning (parallel structure)

In the first paragraph of this article about friendship, I encountered the following sentence: Already the characteristically modern relationship, it [friendship] has in recent decades become the ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Ambiguity with the case of relative pronoun followed directly by a name (noun)

Here I have a practice GMAT exercise, the answer to which I am having a hard time grasping it. The exercise is as follows and the goal is to pick a replacement from five choices for the part in bold. ...
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parallelism correlative conjunctions gapping preposition

My question is about this sentence: 1) correct: "The beauty of the desert lies not in its lushness, but in its isolation." 2) wrong: "The beauty of the desert lies not in its lushness, but its ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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Is listen-hear parallel with read-understand?

I'm trying to speak about the nature of music; I want to say that the very nature of the medium of sound, a kind of universal language, makes it impossible not to interpret what is presented to us. (...
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in books, TV, or films?

I'm wondering whether the phrase 'in books, TV, or films' is correct. It seems to realize the 'in A, B, and C' structure; however, the preposition 'in' does not go with 'TV'. We cannot say 'in TV'. ...
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Double Negative with Parallelism

I came across this long sentence in a novel, and would like to analyze it grammatically: "I spent [...] time racking my brains for gems of Philosophy [....] , but I have come up with nothing that you ...
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Reduced relative clause or the parallel one?

Found this question in a book: The Oldest repertory theater still existing ______ founded in 1680. a) the Comedie-Francaise in Paris, it was b) is the Comedie-Francaise in Paris, was c) which is the ...
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Problem pertaining to Parallelism?

In my English class, my teacher gave me a sentence and asked me to correct it, knowing that the sentence is incorrect regarding the parallelism. The original sentence goes like this: The candidate's ...
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Factoring a for in “of” expressions [closed]

I am wondering if I can factor a word in the following expression: According to the definition of A, definition of B, and definition of C, ... and write it briefly as According to the definition of ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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Parallelism between verbs and adjectives

Based on my knowledge, the following sentence is ungrammatical because "has" is a verb and "bold" and "daring" are adjectives. "His wife is bold, daring, and has plenty of children." But how about ...
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Sentence parallelism

Is the following sentence parallel? Globalization causes international goods to be available in different countries, better cultural change, and international trade to be more efficient.
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Parallelism regarding prepositions

I read the following sentence from the NYT and am having trouble understanding parallelism applied here: Mr. Zuckerberg is for free trade, more open immigration and for a certain controversial ...
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Using similar meaning verbs in parallel sentences [closed]

Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third arrived on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday, and a third came on Wednesday. Two letters arrived on Monday and a third on Wednesday. ...
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Parallel Structure: Can you improve this sentence? [closed]

I'm currently writing something and this sentence seems pretty ugly. How can this sentence be improved? Any help is appreciated. "Day after day, you wake up early to make sure we get to school, ...
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Is “offer something someone” without “to” in between correct?

I interpret the latter part of the following sentence to mean "and are quite unprepared to offer the priority seats to those whom the seats are meant for." If this is correct, "to" seems to be missing ...
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“Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we.” [closed]

Politifact was unable to find that report, and neither were we. Is this correct? Shouldn't "were" be "could"?
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“Parallel Structure” in Sentences

Regarding sentences, are there rules that govern what gets called "parallel structure", or is it simply a descriptive term?
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Should I place a comma here—and if so, why?

In the following sentence, should I include a comma after "acquiring"—and if so, why? German residents who agree to declare that they possess, or have begun the process of acquiring**,** ...
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if a ...
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Correct usage of “help” and parallelism

I want to combine "A helps B to Verb1." and "A helps C to Verb2." into one sentence. However, "A helps B Verb1." and "A helps C Verb2." are also correct sentences. ("to" can be omitted.) So, my ...
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SAT Grammar - Gerunds vs. Parallelism

Hello everyone I was working on the following question: I said the error was A, because it should be how to preserve right? But apparently that is not the error, I cannot seem to find any other ...
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Participles with a shared object - faulty parallelism

I'm trying to explain to a friend why this is faulty parallelism; can anyone help or provide relevant sources to cite? "... by evaluating customer needs, identifying, and implementing a solution." ...
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“Craven, crass and mafioso tactics”--failure of parallelism?

Read on the internet: "Voters rejected the craven, crass and mafioso tactics of [name withheld because this is a question about grammar, not politics]." Sounds odd to me, because craven and crass are ...
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A Question on Parallelism

Sample sentence: "With three days remaining in the term, Mitzy started doing research, creating an outline, and wrote a rough draft." In this case, is "doing" a verb in parallel with "creating" but ...
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Adverb or adjective?

In this sentence, is "declining" an adverb? Gerund (noun that uses a verb + ing form)? Or adjective? The university's board of trustees, being worried over declining student enrollments and their ...