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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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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Past and present tense can use in one sentence? [closed]

If I describe the people that I know in the past are special and still friends now, can I write it like this: Every person that I meet is unique. I treasure the people that I have met, and trust is ...
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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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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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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 with “have” and “have been” sounds wrong

I came across a sentence like this: (A) Many have been buggy or poor experiences. It sounds wrong and I would have written that like this: (B) Many have been buggy or have poor experiences. ...
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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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“Who or where leave that to”

I was writing an email where I needed to return an item to a person who was not in the office the following day. So I came up with the following and I wonder if it's the the correct way of getting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 both adjective and verb in place of object clauses

I've been trying to assemble this sentence, but something feels wrong with every option I've come up with. This has made me frustrated and lack motivation to go on this way. or: This has made ...
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Verb Parallelism

The fossils preserved in the rock strata of the Grand Canyon have accumulated for a billion years and provide an invaluable geologic record. I wonder why “provide” is not “provided”. I think “provide”...
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a parallelism issue - the most interesting garment

Is there a parallelism issue with the following sentence? Prizes will be given to the best dressed, the worst dressed, and the most “interesting” garment. Is it natural to interpret "the most ...
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What can I do to make this sentence perfectly parallel?

In editing the following sentence, I would like to use perfect parallel construction for the latter part of the sentence — that is, ideally I’d like to get rid of "in." But that would make the ...
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Articles in the “and” structure

In terms of motorcycle, the forecast sales is expected to experience an ascending trend from 2006 to 2017, with a significant surge of approximately 75k in the fist two years and ______ continuous ...
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grammatically correct or double negative?

If I write "I have absolutely nothing to do with him and never will." is that clear and grammatically correct in meaning that I will never have anything to do with him? Could it be interpreted/...
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“I was struggling to establish and [to] follow” [closed]

I am learning English. I found this sentence in a book. At the time, I was struggling to establish myself as a writer and to follow my path... Is it grammatically correct to use the to-infinitive ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“post offices can provide many of the same services OF banks”

The diverse array of successful portal banking systems around the world shows that post offices can provide many of the same services of banks. This sentence is incorrect, and "of banks" should be ...
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Helps with practice question

Identify the underlined error in the following excerpt: More than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA), and leading energy conservation groups invites everyone to ...
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is “nor” applied into “were” and “was” in this sentence? “Nor were these practices confined to the decadent phases, was utterly subservient to style.”

now I'm confusing about nor with "were" and "was" in parallel structure in sentence. full sentence is that Nor were these practices confined, as some scholars insist, to the later and supposedly ...
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regarding parallel structure

Pluripotent genes are activated in injured tissue cells and play important role in regeneration. In the above sentence, should "play" be changed to "played" for parallel construction. Pls help.
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Question about using “a” in sentence [closed]

I don’t even know how to accurately ask this question, but I need to know which of the following is correct: Tom Smith is an Arizona native and partner at the Law Offices of Smith & Smith. Or ...
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Passive voice sentence in “The New Colossus” excerpt

I'm in 10th grade English, and for my assignment I have to highlight three sentences in this excerpt in The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus. ... "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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" ...