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Parallel Structure What is Parallel Structure? Parallel structure involves putting together elements of similar structure to achieve balanced writing Winston Churchill did not say I have nothing to offer but bleed ing , toil, tears, and sweat ing He said

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what is parallel structure
What is Parallel Structure?
  • Parallel structure involves putting together elements of similar structure to achieve balanced writing
  • Winston Churchill did not say
    • I have nothing to offer but bleeding, toil, tears, and sweating
  • He said
    • I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat
  • Churchill understood parallelism
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Parallel Structure
  • Good parallel structure improves the clarity of your writing
  • To make your writing parallel, use the same grammatical form for all items in a list
  • Lists can be any of these things:
    • Parts of a sentence
    • Headings in a report
    • Items in a resume
    • Bulleted lists
parallel structure in sentences
Parallel Structure In Sentences
  • Poor: Betty has intelligence, honesty, and she is funny
  • Improved: Betty has intelligence, honesty, and she is funny humour
  • Poor: Good writing requires you to plan outlines, write several drafts, and revision
  • Improved: Good writing requires you to plan outlines, write several drafts, and revision revise your work
parallel structure in lists
Parallel Structure in Lists
  • Poor: I left my job for several reasons:
    • The pay was poor
    • Long hours
    • I found the work tedious
    • Equipment was dangerous
  • Improved: I left my job for several reasons:
    • Poor pay
    • Long hours
    • Tedious work
    • Dangerous equipment
parallel structure in headings
Parallel Structure in Headings
  • Poor:
    • Identifying your Purpose
    • Audience Analysis
    • The Importance of Outlines
    • Prepare a Draft
    • How to Revise your Work
  • Improved:
    • Identify your Purpose
    • Analyze your Audience
    • Write an Outline
    • Prepare a Draft
    • Revise your Work