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Parallel Structure. Is all about writing balanced sentences. Basically, when you are writing about two or more related ideas, you need to construct a sentence with equal structure. There are three rules to consider:. tall He was strong He was not only tall but also strong. come early

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    1. Parallel Structure Is all about writing balanced sentences.

    2. Basically, when you are writing about two or more related ideas, you need to construct a sentence with equal structure. There are three rules to consider: tall He was strong He was not only tall but also strong. come early I will stay late I will neither come early nor stay late. not only neither but also nor #1. Parallel structure should always be used when comparing or contrasting elements. (A is better than B - X is less than Y) Incorrect: James enjoys reading more thanto write. Correct:James enjoys readingmore thanwriting.

    3. #2 Parallel structure should be used when elements are joined by coordinating conjunctions. • Incorrect: I am allergic to the dog’s hair and how it smells. • Correct: I am allergic to the dog’s hair and its smell.

    4. #3 Parallel structure should be used when writing elements in the form of a list in a series: • Incorrect: The class valued respect, honesty, and being on time in a teacher. • Correct: The class valued respect, honesty, and promptness in a teacher.

    5. In the four sentences below, select the word or phrase that gives the sentence correct parallel structure. • 1. Justin was excited about inviting friends over, eating a good meal, and _______. • A. …a game of cards. • B. …to play cards. • C. …playing a game of cards. 2. I have always enjoyed reading the book more than __________. A. …I watched the movie version. B. …watching the movie. C. …to watch the movie. 3. When the weather outside is cold and _______, I like to be indoors. A. …starting to get windy… B. …windy… C. …getting windy… 4. Running, lifting, and ______ are three of Ashley’s favorite exercises. A. …racquetball… B. …a spinning class… C. …bicycling…

    6. In the sentences below, write a word or phrase in the blank that gives the sentence Parallel structure. • 1. The little girl liked eating cookies better than _______at her grandmother’s house. • 2. Students like to sleep, relax, and ________during the summer. • 3. He went to the store to pick up a carton of milk and two ___________. • 4. Food, shelter, and ________ are all I need to survive on a deserted island. • 5. _________is much better than a visit to the dentist.

    7. Analyze the following excerpts. Copy each quote and underline the parallel structure used in each passage, and explain how it complements the meaning and impact of the words. • 1. “Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! • Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! • But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!” -Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech • 2. “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” • –William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice • 3. “This is a valley of ashes-a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air.” • -F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby