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Formal Outlining Rules. Parallel Structures Ideas in parallel grammatical form express ideas parallel in meaning Ex . I like to swim, to dance, and to have fun. Ex . I like swimming, dancing, and having fun. .

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Parallel Structures Ideas in parallel grammatical form express ideas parallel in meaning Ex. I like to swim, to dance, and to have fun. Ex. I like swimming, dancing, and having fun.


Use of  Parallel Structure Parallel structures are used in outlines to indicate elements of equal importance. Ex. Daily life & Religious life Indian & Catholic


Outlining Creating a formal outline is helpful when analyzing a draft and preparing to revise it Ex. If an outline shows only one sub-group under a heading, that section of the draft might need rethinking.


Structured OutlinesA structured outline uses indention and numbers to indicate various levels of subordination. The main points form the major headings, and the supporting ideas for each point form the subheadings.


Example
Example

  • Daily life

    • Clothes

    • Technology

      • Houses

      • Screens

      • Pillow

      • Patio


HeadingsHeadings in a topic outline are expressed in grammatically parallel phrases. Topic outlines have the advantage of brevity and highlights the logical flow of your paper.


Rules of Thumb You should create enough major headings to develop your subject fully within the boudaries established by your thesis. Don't let your outline become a straight-jacket. Add new ideas as they occur. Use the outline to stay on track as you write.


Outline rule reminder
Outline Rule Reminder:

  • Formal outlines require a special numbering system. If you have a I, you must have a II. If you have an A, you must have a B. If you have a 1, you must have a 2, and so on


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