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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“The delegation will depart and will be accompanied” vs. “will depart and be accompanied”

(a) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and will be accompanied to the airport by the Minister of Sports. (b) The delegation will depart from the embassy at 9 A.M. and be ...
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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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A question regarding a parallel

I came across a very neat parallel, but I wonder if I can use the structure today without setting off alarm in an editor's head. A stretch of a series is any piece taken out of it, and not having ...
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Parallelism between past perfect and present continuous

In the following sentence: Anyone who has stumbled glumly through a British airport recently, trapped in endless queues, will already know the stench of bogus security hanging heavy in the air. ...
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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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A literary term meaning reversed repetition?

A quote from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss lists "actors and acrobats, musicians and hand magicians, jugglers and jesters" My first thought on reading it was that "hand magicians and ...
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“The horizontal and vertical transfers” vs. “the horizontal and the vertical transfers” [duplicate]

The Horizontal and vertical tranfers in Local Governement Is this fragment grammatically correct?
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Grammar rules for parellelism in comparisons and variations according to verb placement

I'm an academic editor in the field of medicine and I often come across complex comparisons. My question is specifically regarding how the placement of the verb affects the the parallelism of the ...
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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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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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Is parallel structure actually necessary? If so, why? If not, why bother teaching it? [closed]

I know parallel structure makes things look and sound better. But there are sentences that lack symmetry that are still grammatically correct. I stole an example from a worksheet: The class valued ...
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Parallel sentence construction: “I have, and always will trust you”

I have, and always will trust you. Do you read this as I have trusted you and I always will trust you The following is suggested by another member on SE: I have, and always will... trust you....
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Is “and with” grammatical in this sentence?

We have registered nurses working on site with a nutritional background to provide weight loss advice to clients and with at least a 2 year working experience. Is the part in bold grammatical?
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“Let A be a set, [let] B [be] a group”

Math proves often start with "let". For example: Let A be a set. This is easy. But what about introducing several things in that manner? Let A be a set, B be a group, and C be a number. ...
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Stative and Dynamic Verbs

Please explain how a stative verb and a dynamic verb can have the same subject without breaking parallel construction. How correct and reasonable is this: I travel around the world and enjoy flying,...
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“Any salary or compensation or experience certificate” vs. “any salary certificate or compensation certificate or experience certificate”

How should I write this? ... shall not be eligible for any salary or compensation or experience certificate if the Trainee fails to co-operate with XYZ for the exit formalities ... shall not ...
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Faulty parallelism?

It was more an inventive construction than based on serious historical research. Is it an example of faulty parallelism "construction/based", or is it acceptable if spoken with emphasis on "inventive"...
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“The time and place” or “the time and the place”

A. He still hasn't told us the time and place of the meeting. B. He still hasn't told us the time and the place of the meeting. Q1: Which of the above sentences is correct and why? More ...
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Parallel structure “both from A and B” grammatically correct?

Can I write this? His results, derived both from research and observation, are critical for the project. Or will I have to write either of these? His results, derived both from research and ...
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Parallelism question: “it is . . . yet is” vs. “it is . . . yet it is”

Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for human ...
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Does this sentence have too many subjunctives?

Does this sentence have too many subjunctives? If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge ...
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How to combine in a sentence two verb–preposition pairs that have the same TWO objects?

How could one combine succinctly two verbs with the same two objects with different prepositions? For example, if I can either add gifts to a box and remove gifts from the box, what would be the most ...
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Does this sentence use parallel structure?

Does the following sentence make use of parallel structure: "Thus, Soyster’s diction most definitely exemplifies how he views himself in a dreary and pitiful manner and Mairs’s diction, contrariwise ...
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“The X and (the) Y”: When should I repeat the definite article?

I am a bit confused about the rule of setting the definite article in a sentence when it is associated to two nouns. The beginning and end of the channel. The beginning and the end of the ...
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Repeat “on” in a list?

Consider the following sentences. My question is: which one is grammatically correct? (If neither is, what is the correct formulation?) [the name of a chapter], in which he summarizes his past ...
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Should you use two definite articles in “the Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar distributions”?

Which one is right? the Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar distributions the Wigner-Ville and the Li-Katar distributions Assume that both Wigner-Ville and Li-Katar are distributions.
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Comparison grammar: repeating the main verb vs. using a helper verb

Is the following grammatically correct? Corporation X spends a larger percentage of its revenue on insurance than Corporation Y does on employee salaries. Should it not be: Corporation X spends ...
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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 ...
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Parallelism question with adverbs

I'm trying to understand the parallelism error in this sentence: "The university's board of trustees, being worried over declining student enrollments and their failing to secure additional funding ...
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Is the second “to” grammatical in “I plan to help build and then to start”?

I wrote this sentence: I plan to help build a strategic vision for Arabic digital content and then to start implementing that vision. I want to produce value-added information in a specific context ...
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How can I use “a” with “or”

I want to use a with or. Which of these two sentences is the correct one? Do you want a full time or half time? Do you want a full time or a half time?
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(GRE) Parallel Structures

The following is a sample question taken from the revised version of the ETS-administered Graduate Record Examination (GRE). I normally try hard to understand the logic behind selecting the choices ...
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Does an adjective apply to both nouns when joined with 'and'?

Can you grab the blue shirts and socks? Is the above sentence stating that both the shirts and the socks are blue? Or only the shirts? At this stage, I am leaning towards the earlier (only the ...
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Does a helping verb have to be followed by the main verb to form a complete sentence?

A friend wrote: "I just feel that now is a good time to reiterate that pluralization does not require an apostrophe." In reply I wrote: Sometimes it does. "Mind your Ps and Qs" doesn't need them; ...
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Parallel structures when dealing with two items

Is there a need to make the sentence below parallel? Whether you are looking for a place to leave items or want to manage your inventory . . . I find that if it's converted to the more parallel ...
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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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How to use the “not only . . . but also” construction? [closed]

I’m trying to create the following phrase: It is important not only to ____ but also to ____ in general. But the way I’ve written it above doesn’t sound that good to me. Since I’m not a native ...
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When telling a story and describing objects in the story, should the objects be referred to in past tense or present tense? [closed]

When describing objects in telling a story, should the objects be referred to in past tense or present tense, if the effects of the story still hold true on them? Since it is a story it should be in ...
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Which verb forms are grammatically correct for this list of actions?

I've been going back and forth between a coworker over which of the following is correct and I thought that maybe this SE could help. I have an application with the following message: The X ...
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Dropping the second “the” in sentences: the X and the Y vs. the X and Y

Is there any difference between these two examples? 1. (Both) the Senate and the House of Representatives are legislative bodies. 2. (Both) the Senate and House of Representatives are ...
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“Between a mother and daughter” vs. “between a mother and a daughter”

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? The relationship between a mother and daughter. The relationship between a mother and a daughter. I know both are correct, ...
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Parallel structures problem with their prepositions and helping verbs

This might clear it up. It is not about reducing the consumption of sugars or carbohydrates but about moderating the consumption of them. Does this work correctly? Another example: Any person ...
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Does this sentence call for an additional “for”?

I'm confronted with two compelling options: I want to be at least partially responsible for getting them to think differently, or inspiring them to earnestly investigate new topics. I want to be ...
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“I would like to go to a youth center to help and (to) work with teenagers”

Which is correct? I would like to go to a youth center to help and work with teenagers. I would like to go to a youth center to help and to work with teenagers. The question is whether to ...
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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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Use of “in” vs. “with”?

If one has an interest in something and a fascination with something which one of the next is correct? I've always had an interest and fascination in something or I've always had an interest ...
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Parallelism with “in order to”

Which of the following is grammatically correct, or are they both gramatically correct? We use this product in order to increase work efficiency and to streamline testing. We use this product in ...
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“Event is raised when maintenance occurs or scheduled” vs. “or is scheduled”

Which sentence is correct? Event is raised when maintenance occurs or scheduled. Event is raised when maintenance occurs or is scheduled.
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Enumeration that starts with “in the”

What is grammatically correct? I participated in the math club, in the cycling club and in the computer game design club. or I participated in the math club, the cycling club and the ...
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How do I refer to two things together that have different adjectives?

I want to express these two facts: there is a front view; and there is a side view. Which of the following are valid ways of referring to the two views together? a front and side view; a ...