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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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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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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“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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Parallel adjective usage

Is the sentence: He is, or at the very least, is among, the tallest in our school. grammatically correct? Note that (I believe) that this parallelly states that "either he is the tallest [person] ...
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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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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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Is this sentence incorrect?

Mike likes hiking, swimming and to play basketball. I am not sure whether or not the above sentence is correct. I know it makes the parallel structure(Parallelism) if the infinitive is substituted by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Parallel struture

"Studying abroad can be an educational experience for foreign students. It may broaden their horizons. In addition, such an experience can expand their knowledge of the world, as a result of ...
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“For detailed review and comparison ”

I would be so grateful if you can let me know which of the following sentences is correct: 1: "For a detailed review of the most related works and a comparison between them " 2: "For detailed review ...
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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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“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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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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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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Is this correct? “…the user has either finished dragging or dragged out of the upload modal an item”

Creates an action to indicate that the user has either finished dragging or dragged out of the upload modal an item. My intent is for "an item" to serve as object for both 'dragging' and 'dragged.' ...