Parallelism Three sentence elements which commonly require parallel treatment: Coordinated ideas Compared and contrasted ideas Correlative Constructions
Coordinate ideas: • Use and, but, or, nor, for, yet • The committee studied all aspects of the problem—humane, political, and cost. • Adj. Adj. N.
Compared or contrasted ideas • AS • Water-skiing no longer interests me as much as to go scuba diving.
Correlative Constructionsboth…andeither…orneither…nornot only…but also
Examples….correlatives • To gain entrance they tried BOTH persuasion AND to force their way in. • Revised:
Revise: • The new clerk soon proved herself to be NOT ONLY capable BUT ALSO a woman who could be trusted.
Revise: • The production manager was asked to write his report quickly, accurately, and in a detailed manner.
Revise: • The teacher said that he was a poor student because he waited until the last minute to study for the exam, completed his lab problems in a careless manner, and his motivation was low.
Revise: • The doors in the cottage were not only too narrow but also were too short.
Revise: • I was counseled either to quit my job or ask for a higher wage.
Revise: • Either you leave town by the train or by the road.
Revise: • In our society, the elderly feel alienated, because they are confined in retirement homes, their unattractive representation in the media, and the capitalist economy deems them unproductive.