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Parallelism is a writing style choice and not about grammar or correctness. Use this tag for questions about repeating similar constructions in clauses or sentences to make them have more impact on the reader.

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How do you structure parallelism in loose and periodic sentences?

I have been reading “Mastering the craft of writing” in which the author explains “loose” and “periodic” sentences. He writes: “A note of caution: When you create a series of preceding or following ...
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Is it clear where the school and playground are?

According to my grammar book, when using and or but to link clauses, we can make the clauses parallel to each other and omit the repetitive parts. Therefore, in my version, the school must be at the ...
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Base form or gerund: "Curricula should keep up with rapid changes in education, instil/instilling values… and enlighten individuals…"

I wrote this sentence. My teacher corrected it to me. I used instilling instead of "instill". Can anyone help why "instill" correct and "instilling" incorrect? Curricula ...
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people who own houses

a. People who own houses in our city are usually well-off. b. People who own a house in our city are usually well-off. Is there any difference in the meanings of these sentences? Does (a) imply that ...
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Transitive and intransitive verbs, parallelism and object [closed]

This is my second question marked to be closed. If I knew the language very well, I wouldn't ask any questions here. I removed the original question. Let the moderators write the question here the way ...
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Is the rule of parallelism applied here?

Hundreds of articles praising Bangladeshi government policies apparently by independent experts have appeared in national and international media but the authors have questionable credentials, fake ...
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Is parallelism a must in sentences?

I have been wondering whether parallelism is necessary when words like 'and' and 'or' are included in a sentence. For example, (with parallelism) You were brave and (were) calm. (without parallelism)...
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Parallel construction

I found this sentence on the internet as an example of parallel construction: Please bring the bill after we have had some coffee or when your shift is over. Can anyone explain to me why this ...
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Articles and Parallelism

What is the best way to understand the difference between articles and parallelism? I found a good resource on parallelism here. But there's some missing information on how they work together. I'm ...
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correlative comparative structures with "the"

I wonder which sentence sounds more natural as well as grammatically correct? The more you start disliking her, the more actively your memories of her will be faded from your mind. The more you ...
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Parallelism in "Not only" , "But also" grammar

One of the most important things when using "not only , but also " grammar , is parallelism , I was wondering if you could tell me whether I have obeyed the rule in this sentence or not My ...
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Grammarly says that starting "Like Pearl was hesitant to..." with "Like" is fine, but my parent says it is grammatically incorrect

Is following paragraph grammatically correct? My parent objected to me using "Like" in the beginning, but Grammarly was ok with it. Like Pearl was hesitant to accept her father despite ...
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Using a singular and plural in the same sentence

During fourth grade, a group of pupils picked on me frequently. I have pupils and me in the same sentence. I was wondering if this is legal or do I need to change me to a plural word. Thank you in ...
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THE MORE constrained I expect to be, I plan to save MORE

The more constrained I expect to be in the future, I plan to save more today Is (1) above grammatically correct (parallelism)? Alternatively, should it be the following? The more constrained I ...
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General statement: People often make a lot of mistakes in (their live)/( their lives)

I have trouble with making a general statement.For example this sentence: People often make a lot of mistakes in (their live)/( their lives). In my opinion If I use (their life) - singular form. This ...
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This fact makes the Korean language much simpler than English is

My sentences: (1a) Bob read more books than Fred. — We compare two nouns: "Bob" and "Fred". (1b) Bob read more books than Fred did. — We compare two phrases: "Bob read" ...
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One ... Another .... Neither

Does the following work? One of his friends is from Japan, and another from France. Neither can speak German.
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should the first sentence still be inverted if it's a passive one in the structure Not only … but also?

As I've read in the Cambridge dictionary: To add emphasis, we can use not only at the beginning of a clause. When we do this, we invert the subject and the verb: Not only was it raining all day at ...
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Does trial and error have to be in gerund form for parallelism in the sentence below?

Does trial and error have to be in gerund form for parallelism in the sentence below? If so what would be the gerund form of trial and error? Instead I self taught myself by playing with others who ...
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Why does it use simple present of "change" for a past event?

There is dialog on "The Vampire Diaries" that "my parents died and everything changes" Why is "changes" used instead of "changed" or "has changed"?
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What's the difference between "slicing" and "slice" in the sentence?

I mean, which is the best form in the context in the semantic term? Or, are both acceptable with little difference of meaning? (A) The marketing analytics companies perform machine learning procedures,...
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Parallelism structure about gerund and noun

is it correct to say: lack of understanding and knowledge because of "and" here which both sides should be parallel. left hand side we have a gerund and right hand side there is a simple ...
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Parallel Structure Rules for possessive pronoun

I was wondering if this is grammatically correct sentence based on parallel structure? After the families received complaints, their dogs were seized and they were fined 1,000 dollars.
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a mathematician and (a) physicist

Should I repeat articles in a sequence of nouns? For example: He was a mathematician and (a) physicist. Or with more nouns He was a faithful husband, (a) loving father, (a) loyal friend, (a) ...
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Difference among the following structures: not only X but also Y, not only X but Y, not only X, also Y

I realize that there are a few threads on this forum dedicated to covering the parallelism aspect of 'not only X but also Y', so this post could possibly be added to an existing thread. I would like ...
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parallelism in "not only but also"

Is the following usage of "not only but also" correct? I mean in terms of parallelism. For instance, Azadi Tower in Tehran not only is aesthetically pleasing but also is a cultural identity....
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Is not only but also used correctly in this sentence?

Is the following usage of "not only but also" wrong? Not only is playing video games exciting but also it is a great way to improve our creativity. What about this one? Not only is ...
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"I am..., and am..." or "I am..., and I am..."

A) I am eager to learn more about the position, and grateful for this opportunity to meet the sales team in person. B) I am eager to learn more about the position, and am grateful for this opportunity ...
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Parallelism in the sentence [closed]

The only way to know is taking/ to take the plunge. Are both taking and to take correct in this sentence? If not then explain why?
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“Birds come in a flock” “birds come much” [closed]

We could say “birds come in a flock” instead of “a flock of birds come.” Can we say “birds come much” instead of “much birds come”?
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“Both to you and me” & “both to you and to me” & “to both you and me”

Are “both to you and me,” “both to you and to me” and “to both you and me” grammatically correct or not? A teacher gave books both to you and me. A teacher gave books both to you and to me. A teacher ...
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How to parallel following sentence?

In the following sentence, can I remove "them"? I am looking for a way to parallel the second part of the sentence: "... which as...". By the appearance of universities' faculties ...
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You can either go by bus or by taxi. OR You can go either by bus or by taxi

You can either go by bus or by taxi. You can go either by bus or by taxi. I think the first is wrong and the second is right, for there is parallel struction. Am I right?
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Which verbs are used with the conjunction "and" in my example sentence?

I have a sentence in my job descriptions as below: Assess seriousness of each case, select external service providers (e.g. surveyors) to participate in investigation and achieve expected outcomes in ...
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Is 'for' required in this sentence?

Is the for needed in the sentence below, and if so why? The law currently prevents terminally ill patients to choose death and for physicians to aid them The law currently prevents terminally ill ...
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Merging "does not tell" in the following sentence

I recently asked a question on this site and in that question I used "doesn't tell" twice: I checked a similar question on this site, but that question doesn't tell the difference and doesn'...
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How to simplify (to shorten) a long sentence with similar patterns?

Suppose that the performance of a system depends on the efficiency of two sub systems called A and B. And I want to say something along this line: A can compensate the poor performance of B, but B ...
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What are rules of parallelism for using an infinitive and preposition after an 'and' or 'but' conjunction?

What are rules of parallelism for using an infinitive and preposition after an 'and' or 'but' conjunction? I want to fight for them and to bring those changes in the life of people. Or I want to ...
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"He gave me the sharpness to penetrate for truths, but not the braveness to face them."

He gave me the sharpness to penetrate for truths, but not the braveness to face them. or should it be He gave me the sharpness to penetrate for truths, but didn't give me the braveness to take them.
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"both in times of affliction and joy"

I found a sentence in a translation that looks something like this: He accepted his father's wisdom both in times of affliction and joy. My problem is the use of the structure both in times of ...
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Can I omit verb, preposition.... altogether in a parallel structure?

In the light of this statement, teachers live by selling knowledge, philosophers by selling wisdom, and priests by selling spiritual comfort. In this parallel structure, can I rewrite it into ... ...
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trying to write a parallel and correct sentence

I am trying to form a parallel sentence. My first attempt is this: "Good health requires right eating and regular exercising." But I am not sure if this is grammatically correct. The other ...
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Is there Parallelism in my sentence

Does my sentence have parallelism? "He criticizes public schools because they are compulsory, government-funded, and destroying students' humanity."
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When practicing parallelism, do I need to include the "to" in infinitives?

For example: He likes to eat, sleep and play. He likes to eat, to sleep and to play. Which of these sentences is parallel? Are they BOTH parallel?
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Is this an example of parallelism?

For dinner we like chicken and stir fried vegetables. Or do I need to say "fried chicken and stir fried vegetables"?
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Rules governing Parallelism [duplicate]

Consider the following: Not only does she keep cats but she also keeps dogs. I wonder why "does" is before the subject. Is it a rule, governing parallelism? And also, is the regular form ...
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“Usually” in the beginning of the sentence to achieve parallelism

Guard statements They’re usually useful, but there are also cases where they make the code less readable or at least give nothing. here goes an example Guard statements Usually, they’re useful, but ...
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What composes the parallel structure with 'measured' in the sentence?

Is it valued or set? I have read again and again, but I am not sure either of them is better than the other. Does the comma(,) preceding or function as a guide? This is particularly true for people ...
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Should prepositions be repeated while joining multiple prepositional phrases?

1.Results indicated positive paths from A to B, B to C, and C to A and B. 2.Results indicated positive paths from A to B, from B to C, and from C to A and B. Which of the above sentences is considered ...
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Is it okay to take subject common and maintain parallelism?

I was wondering if it is okay to take the subject common from a sentence and if the parallelism would be maintained. e.g., I went to the party and I had whiskey in the party. is converted to I went ...
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