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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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.' ...