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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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"Parallel Structure" is not even a descriptive term. It's a metaphor; in fact, it's two metaphors. Parallel is a geometric term referring to line orientation in the plane. It's visual, not conceptua …
answered Dec 3 '15 by John Lawler
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First, you're right; this is a violation of the Conjunction Reduction rule. Will and have take different verb forms: will trust (infinitive) but have trusted (participle). Conjunction Reduction requ …
answered May 30 '14 by John Lawler
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In both cases, that is the That-Complementizer, a marker for a tensed Noun Clause, or Complement. In the first case, both that's are proper, since the repetition marks the two tensed complements that …
answered Sep 5 '12 by John Lawler
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There's no difference; what you have there is a conjoined noun phrase sharing an article, no different from the boldfaced subject of The [dog and cat] continued to fight until I threw water on them. …
answered Apr 1 '13 by John Lawler
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Original questionable sentence: Due to its hydrophobic property, beta-carotene in carrots is more easily absorbed into the system if digested with fat-based diet than eaten raw. Relevant part -- …
answered Sep 10 '13 by John Lawler
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Phrases are not conjugated. Only individual verbs can be conjugated. As to whether one should conjugate all three verbs in this phrase, that depends on what one wants to mean. Since the actions den …
answered Dec 2 '12 by John Lawler
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The semantic parallelism between the various kinds of Sense Verbs is usually unnoticeable lexically in the chemical and tactile senses; these sentences all use the same verb in each construction …
answered Nov 18 '16 by John Lawler