Questions tagged [parallelism]

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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“Birds come in a flock” “birds come much”

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 conjuction “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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usage for this * and this?

This country and this other country are two very impoverished countries. I am wondering if you can use this in such manner. You usually hear this and that, with that used for the closer object, but I ...
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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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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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Which one is used in the sentence? parallelism or participle cluse

A good Captain needs to be steadfast, continuing to hold the wheel and stay the course even during the most violent storm. I faced with the above sentence at an App, but I think the parallelism ...
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Parallelism structure

If you were to add up all of the people who have some psychiatric disorder, struggle with depression or suicidal thoughts, have been subjected to neglect or abuse, have dealt with tragedy or the death ...
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is this parallelism grammatically correct?

does this sentence make sense "One of the reasons why spoken English teaching in China seems to be not really successful is not only because students lack of enthusiasm, but their teachers as well" ...
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Can 'in depth' ever be a noun?

In the 'Introduction' to James Thurber's 'My Life and Hard Times,' I came across this sentence: 'He gained in depth and skill as he went along, of course.' I don't get how 'in depth' is used here. ...
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Which is right? “Why did you go there and do/did that?”

Why did you go there and do that? Why did you go there and did that? Why? I feel the first sentence is correct but one of my friends argued that both the things are past, so, the sentence should ...
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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Parallelism with Not only … but also

I'm a little bit confused. Is this sentence grammatically correct? It's not parallel. It's from an IELTS Cambridge book. During times of change, they should be thinking not only about the strain on ...
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A single indefinite article for two items?

As I'm working my way in Duolingo I got an exercise to translate a sentence from Russian to English. The accepted translating is "I have a warm jacket and a warm sweater". In the comments on this ...
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Logical prediction and parallelism

I am preparing for the GMAT exam, and this was a practice question. Please explain why E is the correct answer choice to the following question: Choose a grammatically correct option of the bold ...
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“Verb1 preposition1 and verb2 preposition2” VS. “Verb1 and verv2 preposition2”?

When we have two verbs followed by a preposition separately, should we omit the first one? I am addicted to and pleased with the new drug. I am addicted and pleased with the new drug. ...
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2 'The's with 2 consecutive nouns joined with a conjunction: “X and Y”, “the X and Y”, or “the X and the Y”?

"Please write the transliteration and translation for the following words." Is the sentence above grammatically correct? Do I need to put the other 'the' before 'translation' as well, or is it ...
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Is “add fourteen days and subtract two years to and from the current datetime” correct?

I have the following sentence: We add fourteen days and subtract two years to and from the current datetime. I am not sure about the to and from part. How can this sentence be rephrased if not ...
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Which tense fits the context best? (“would win” or “won”)

Which tense fits the context best? The Super Grocery Store organized a competition for kids. Whoever could guess the correct number of jellybeans in the big jar, would win a prize. The Super ...
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Can I remove a repeated word in this sentence?

I have a sentence, say: He has worked in banking industry and manufacturing industry for more than 15 years. My question is the first "industry" could be omitted? If done, we should use "banking ...
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Does “efficiently monetizing” sounds awkward? [closed]

I'm improving a website and hope someone could help me see if the sentence below has any problem. In particular, does "efficiently monetizing" sounds awkward? "It helps you acquire targeting users ...
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How can I mentioned a Chapter and its subsections in the same sentence [closed]

I would like to introduce my chapter and its subsections a sentence. Here is my try: Chapter (1) contains three main parts. First part, namely Section (1.1), establishes method A. Second part of ...
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How to break up my lengthy parallel structure into multiple sentences to convey a clearer meaning? [closed]

Nice to meet you~ I am an applicant for graduate programs from the universities in Canada. Now, I am preparing my statement of purpose. Unexpectedly,I wrote an extremely lengthy parallel structure to ...
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'Not only you are right, but also he is right.' Can I change it to 'Not only you but also he is right'?

Not only you are right, but also he is right. Can I change it to the following? Not only you but also he is right.
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Should I include “as a” for every item in a list of jobs, or just the first item?

I have a doubt: should I write: I worked as a teacher, as housekeeper manager, as a Rep, etc. or I worked as a teacher, housekeeper manager, Rep, etc.
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Which is correct , on first dates or on first date?

In the sentence in block quote below, is it correct to say "on first dates" ? Or is the correct form "on first date?" Is it supposed to be "on first few dates?" During job interviews , ON FIRST ...
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Plural weekday names in a series

Can I write, "Classes will be held Monday, Friday and Saturdays." when I am referring to a recurring weekly event for each day?
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I decided to go whole hog and <bought> or <buy> her a pistol

I think I have spotted a grammar mistake in a novel. I decided to go whole-hog and bought her a pistol and holster like mine, also. Source:Gold Fever By William Post Gold Fever Is and bought ...
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Why there is no verb in this question?

But the more I played with the idea, the more I thought, What better way to ward Juli off? What better way to say to her, “Juli, you are not my type”? I read the above sentence in the book ...
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What are the rules of Parallelism?

What are the rules of parallelism? I've been reading a lot about it since yesterday and all I encounter is "They must have the same grammatical form"? What does this exactly mean? I know how to make ...
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I think, that is or that was(parallelism)

Suppose you were chatting with your English teacher online via Skype or the like, and then it suddenly was disconnected, which was more likely your connection problem and not your teacher's, ...
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Consistency in a list

When listing a number of things in a sentence, I know the word form of the items must be consistent like verb1, verb2, verb3 and so on. My question is, can gerund phrases and nouns can be in a list? ...
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Is there any parallelism issue in “I am travelling to India and shall be on leave for 2 weeks”?

I am travelling to India and shall be on leave for 2 weeks. Like is the sentence correct? travelling to -- is present continuous shall be -- is future
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Is this sentence awkward?

Is the sentence below awkward? The kids had scattered their books all over not only the bus but also the sidewalk. The above is my rewrite. I am trying to rewrite some sentences so that ...
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a parallelism problem - the most interesting garment

Is there a parallelism issue with the following sentence? Prize money will be given to the best dressed, the worst dressed, and the most “interesting” garment. I'd appreciate your help.