Parallelism in writing is achieved by giving two or more ideas the same grammatical form through the use of

  • coordinate elements:
    • My dog likes to ride in my car, chew my shoes, and sleep in my bed.
    • I hope to succeed by paying attention to detail and not ignoring opportunities.  
  • comparing ideas:
    • I would rather put up with minor inconveniences than intervene with strenuous effort.  
  • constructive correlatives (either . . . or; not only . . . but also; both . . . and)
    • The assignment asks that we not only find three books from the library but also write summaries of their contents.

Gain extra practice using the StudyMate activities below.

Set 1 

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