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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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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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Does the sentence lack parallelism? [closed]

Sentence -"Our pet alligator has been stalking neighborhood pets because my brother Billy forgets to feed the poor reptile."
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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.
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Could(parallelism) accuracy. Other helping verbs possible?(present tense)

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 ...
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Omission of subject and verb in parallel sentence

Is it correct and appropriate to omit the subject and verb in the second sentence below? On the top half of the left face, they injected water. On the bottom half, ethanol.
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Does the definite article, “the,” modify both the noun-constituents following it in this sentence?

In a question asked here, one of the answers said that, in the sentence: "Care about thr syntax, (the) semantics, and (the) typos," "the inclusion or exclusion of the article is irrelevant for ...
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Which is correct in both meaning and grammar, 'argue' or 'to argue'?

1.As a general rule, historians find it difficult to isolate events in history and argue their impact upon society. 2.As a general rule, historians find it difficult to isolate events in history and ...
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Going out is more interesting than GOING / TO GO with your family

I wonder which form suits this sentence: Going out with your friends is more interesting than to go with your family! Going out with your friends is more interesting than going with your ...
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Why “been” is necessary with “caught” when question is testing parallelism?

On my bike, I have enjoyed the beautiful weather, endured freezing cold, and have been caught in sudden cloudbursts. A. NO CHANGE B. caught C. been caught D. have caught Here, A and D can be ...
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Parallelism in comparison

Is it correct to say: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend. Or should it be: He is more interested in video games than his girlfriend is. If we omit the is, is the first ...
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Parallel structure and comma

I'm having trouble with a GMAT SC question. The answer says the following sentence is incorrect. The correct answer is to replace persuading with persuaded, meaning persuaded and turned are parallel. ...
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Parallelism test question: “By having a budget and (we stuck to it)”

By having a budget and we stuck to it, we had enough money to try a three star Michelin restaurant. A. NO CHANGE B. stuck to it C. having it stick D. sticking to it Question number 15 is testing ...
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Why was “depart from the country” incorrect on this test question?

In question number 5, if we see surrounding sentences. There is a pattern that two sentence joined by a single comma and the latter is a verb. I applied that idea and marked D. Got the question wrong. ...
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Can passive voice and active voice be used in one sentence?

Here is the sentence: Fifteen new people have been recruited and five resigned. or Fifteen new people have been recruited and five have resigned. According to me sentence number 2 ...
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Two adjectives of a single noun

She is the best and wisest girl in the class. She is the best and the wisest girl in the class. Which one of them is correct?and why? I think first one should be correct as both the adjectives ...
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Why isn’t the pronoun “it” placed after But?

THE SOURCE: NY times Poland sent soldiers to fight alongside Americans in Iraq, but is nonetheless one of the few countries still hosting North Korean workers over Washington's objections. Why ...
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“This day will be forgotten just like the rest of the ones do” - Are alternatives to 'do' correct?

Sometimes I have difficulty with sentences which can seemingly end in more than one way but retain the same meaning. Namely, I can think of several variations to use and they all sound natural and ...
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on TV, radio, or in films?

Is the phrase "on TV, radio, or in films" a good parallel structure? Is it ok to say "on radio" without the definite article?
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Parallel Structure / Singular vs Plural : Which one is correct?

Which one is grammatically correct? Figure X and Figure Y show the A and B profiles,respectively. Plural form of the noun profile Figure X and Figure Y show the A and B profile,respectively. ...
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Is “This hat is small and has a nice color” grammatically wrong?

This site says: When two or more verbs have the same subject the verbs must be parallel. Parallel verbs mean the verbs used in a sentence should all be the same tense Yesterday Donna ...
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Which one is the correct sentence? (Big/Bigger is not always better)

Big is not always better Bigger is not always better Which sentence is correct?
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Parrallel structure questions (something about phrase before and after “or”)

Sentence in question: To begin with, for students lacking determination or easily change their mind, a gap year may lure them away from future studies as many could lose interests in study during ...
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Short form correctness

Can it be said as follows: He just didn't understand or pretended not to. in the meaning the he either didn't understand or pretended he didn't?
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Use of parallelism — when should “of” and “the” be omitted?

I want three notepads of the same size and of different colors. I want three notepads of the same size and different colors. I want three notepads of the same color and size. I want three notepads of ...
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Parallelisim (preposition)

If the following is our main sentence:(Parallelism) Before the judge announced the punishment, he asked the murderer if he wanted to speak either to the victim’s family, or to the jury. Can we ...
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Ellipses following coordinating conjunction

Let's say I want to combine the two clauses below into one sentence using the coordinating conjunction 'and'. She is 48. She is trying to get pregnant. Which of the following is the correct /...
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It never hurt like it does/is now

"I've been doing a lot of training in the past but it never was painful like it's now." When I choose to use different sentence: It never hurt like it (does/is) now" then which auxiliary verb do I ...
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Is the sentence “I think you should capitalize formal titles before a name” grammatically correct?

I think you should capitalize formal titles before a name. or I think you should capitalize formal titles before names. Regardless of the above statement is true or not, my question is should I ...
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omission “get” in parallel structure

1.The higher the sun gets, the hotter the day gets. 2.The higher the sun, the hotter the day. Which is more natural? We need to omit "get" in both clause to be natural?
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Omitting the subject between

I can do this one but am not sure about the other. Can I say the sentence above? Or I have to say "...this one but I am not...", but using two I's seems a bit redundant, on the other hand omitting it ...
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Can I use one preposition for two adjectives that take different prepositions? — “Conscious (about) and critical of..”

Ironically, people will become more conscious about, and probably critical of, your informal speech when it comes off as uptight. Can I drop about? Is the setting off of the part in bold correct? ...
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Which is correct - “policies of…” or policies in"?

If each country in Africa has its own national health policy, and many of these national policies from country to country share a common specification or stipulation, which of the following is correct:...
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What is the ellipsis of the sentence?

But then as Mama and Papa drove away, Sal burst into tears. A delayed reaction. It was as if something inside her suddenly broke or popped or was switched on. She was hysterical. Gabby, Billy, and ...
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Not using the “verb” in a sentence

How correct is to ignore using the verb if it is repeated. example: A traditional teacher can teach hundreds, another one who uses technology thousands.
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usage of “parallel structure”

1.The more mistakes the doctor makes, the more the patient suffers. 2.The more the doctor makes mistakes, the more the patient suffers. Are these two sentences different in meaning? Do I always ...
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What is the subject of “get the wrong idea” in the following sentence?

What is the subject of "get the wrong idea"? Please explain the meaning of "get the wrong idea." This book is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney.