As an ESL, one cannot be completely accurate in their ''parallelism'' sometimes. Like this one:

"If I can't tolerate simple criticisms or much worse even, I still couldn't regard myself as a changed person then, I'm still the same person I was before, obviously. Tolerance could be the key, which could help me to reach my goal. And once I am finally at the top, it could be a rather less stressful place as mediocre individuals could already be weeded out.

The main modal verb is could, but sometimes it doesn't look correct(I think) particularly in the very last sentence. Is this correct to you?

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    Or more worse is wrong, and the passage as a whole is awkward, but I see no problem with the use of could from a syntactic point of view. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 3 '18 at 3:02
  • much worse how about that? – John Arvin Jun 3 '18 at 3:10
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    Are you using this as a method of proofreading your passage? ;) I could expand on what I had said, but will stop there . . . – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 3 '18 at 3:47
  • Just partially, I'm just an ESL and I wanted to learn as much as I can because I wanted to be proficient. Please expand the answer then. – John Arvin Jun 3 '18 at 4:32
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    What I had meant to say was that I've already expressed my essential thoughts with regard to could (and also commented on some unrelated things). "Fixing" the rest of the passage would be considered proofreading, and that is discouraged. If you have another concern about something specific, I would ask a different question that focuses on it. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 3 '18 at 16:07

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