Parallel Structure December 4, 2009 ELA8W1.dUses appropriate structures to ensure coherence (e.g., transition elements, parallel structure).
Parallelism • Takes place when compound verbs or verbals show an action happening at the same time or in the same tense. • Parallelism helps to present ideas concisely while giving attention to their relationships.
Types of Parallel Structure • Coordinated ideas of equal rank, connected by and, but, or, or nor. Examples: • Claude enjoys swimming and dancing. • Brandon likes to watch TV and to listen to music.
Types of Parallel Structure • Compared ideas • Examples: • Jerry enjoys playing baseball more than watching baseball. • Jerry likes to play baseball more than he likes to watch baseball.
Types of Parallel Structure • Pair of correlative ideas that are linked with correlative conjunctions: both...and, either...or, neither...nor, and not only...but also. • Examples • I am not only a fan, but also a player of the game of football. • I am not only the best at writing, but alsospeaking
Remember to put correlative conjunctions right before you write the parallel terms: • CORRECT:Steve has witnessed both fire and rain. • WRONG:Steve has both witnessed fire and rain