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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Comma usage: something happened, not because of this, but this

Does this sentence need a comma? The bells were attached to the priestly garments not as an object of worship but as an object of purpose. Lately, I have found myself wanting to use this sentence ...
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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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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 between gerunds and common nouns

Is this sentence parallel even though the noun "being honest" is a gerund and the noun "deception" is not? "Living a life of being honest to yourself is better than living a life of deception.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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Parallelism using “as,” “nor,” “or,” and “neither… nor”

Am I using correct parallelism in the following sentence? They say the place where you are born is not a choice, as it is not the family into which you are born. If the above sentence uses correct ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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Parallelism Question [closed]

Which sentence in each group is correct? Are they both acceptable? 1) I can't tell if you are joking or being serious. I can't tell if you are joking or if you are being serious. 2) Is it better ...
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British and Canadian but not Coloradan?

In the May 11 issue of this year's New Yorker, the ever-excellent Atul Gawande wrote (emphasis mine): Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted ...
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“Not only … but also” —parallelism in a particular case

I have been looking around to find an answer to my question, but I was unable to find one that addressed my specific problem. I want to create the following sentence, but I'm not sure whether it's ...
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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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Tests have shown that the quality of locally produced cars is somewhat higher than imported vehicles

I know that "higher than that of imported" would be better, but how wrong is it as it is? Tests have shown that the quality of locally produced cars is somewhat higher than imported vehicles.
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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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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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Do both sides of the conjunction need to align with the next part of the sentence?

If someone can improve my title, please do. I seem to be missing some vocabulary. I was writing an SO answer and ran into something that has always bothered me. Consider the following sentence: ...
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Does 'whose workmanship they are' violate parallelism? (1690 UK)

Source: Sec 6, The Second Treatise of Civil Government, 1690, by John Locke ...for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker; all the servants of one sovereign ...
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Can we omit the definite article, *the*, in front of two musical instruments?

My sentence is He plays the piano & the violin. Is it correct to say He plays the piano & violin?
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct is ...
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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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How to parallel “A be B” and “A do C”

From Barron's 6 ACT Practice Tests: The books are either explicit, describe graphic violence, or use questionable language. Is this grammatically correct? If not, is there any way to parallel "A ...
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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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Confusion on listing in sentences

"I hate hard candy and olives." When someone says that, does it mean they hate candy and olives that are both hard, or hard candy and non-hard olives? If the latter, then wouldn't "I hate olives and ...
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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How to list down actions that are done in the past and are still being done in the present?

Which is more correct? "I have conquered sleepless nights, have studied various topics, have participated in extra-curricular activities, and have juggled my time for school and home duties" ...
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“The set is empty and [is] ordered”

Which is correct? The set is empty and is ordered. The set is empty and ordered.
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When two parallel verbs share the same object, should the second clause end with a comma, or not?

Which of these is correct? Are both correct? The Tenant hereby sublets to the Subtenant, and the Subtenant agrees to take, the premises of Lot No. 7. The Tenant hereby sublets to the Subtenant, and ...
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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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Exceptions to Rules of Parallelism

Ok, it all starts with this thing we learned back in our elementary school that is called parallelism. What it basically says is that you can’t compare a thing to a person and vice versa. But here ...
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parallelism: the farther/the more [duplicate]

I edited this phrase: the farther the negative from the lens, the more light needed to expose it properly and the longer the exposure to read: the farther the negative from the lens, the greater ...