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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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A single “of” for a noun and two gerunds?

For example: "Some websites allow categorization, editing, and listening of playlists online." (Wikipedia) As I know, a gerund can't be followed by the preposition "of". Is this sentence wrong, or ...
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One should love everyone's wife. Is it right grammatically?

I want to know whether the sentence one should love everyone's wife is correct grammatically or not. I think it's grammatically correct but meaning differs from the sentence One should love one's ...
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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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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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Is it wrong to say “I sent you many emails this week”?

When I'm writing to a person who didn't reply to a lot of emails I sent him, is it wrong to say "I sent you many emails this week but I haven't received any replies"? Must I say "I've sent you many ...
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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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have or having after preposition with two objects

I'm doubtful whether to use the gerund form or the base form of have in the following sentence: He's afraid of being debunked in public and have/having his reputation ruined. I would choose having ...
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Help parse “There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks…”

Consider: There is much more to preventing employee crime than background checks and traditional audits. It's not just about the employees you don't know; some of the biggest crimes are committed ...
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usage of “is while…”

I know this board avoids proofreading questions, but I am not sure if my question qualifies as such. Apologies if it does, but I'd very grateful for an answer. I made a sentence whose "object/...
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“What really am” or “What I really am” - which is more appropriate

Which statement is more appropriate? Is that what really am? Is that what I really am? And instead of "what", can I use "how" and have the same meaning? The person saying the statement ...
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conditional sentence containing both past and present tense. if clause(past)_main (present)

I was teaching and I asked students to do some class activity, but one of the students already had done that exercise at home so he didn't have anything to do in class. I wanted to tell him ...
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Parallel constructions in “than” sentences

Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And ...
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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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using nouns to modify nouns

I am wondering whether it is OK to use a noun to modify a couple of other nouns. For example, is it correct to write: The computer brands HP, DELL, Apple and IBM are becoming the symbols of IT ...
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Two possessive pronouns (hers, yours) in a sentence

You both have good cars. But hers is better than yours. Can I say that? I know that I can say "But her car is better than yours." Would it be too much to use two possessive pronouns in a sentence?
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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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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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Two “not only” with one “but”; What should I do?

I found this in The Guardian And assuming a 50:50 gender divide, polygamy not only means that women in polygamous relationships not only receive a small fraction of a man, but that some unfortunate ...
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Parallelism debate. Do I need the word “of” to make this correct?

I am having a debate with a friend. She thinks this is correct: The judge told the jury that he had excused a juror for having purposely provided murder photos to the media and then of stashing ...
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Police ride horses and bikes

Police ride in cars, boats, on horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride in cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Which ones are correct? Also, is it ...
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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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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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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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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.
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Subject and verb in subordinate clauses

I'm wondering: is it necessary to repeat the subject - or the verb - of a sentence in subordinate clauses introduced by words such as "but" or "like"? Are the following sentences equally correct? a)...
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'not only reflected …, but also the fact that …'

I found this sentence: Margaret Thatcher’s legendary nickname Laura Norder not only reflected her political preferences, but also the fact that, like most of her compatriots, she pronounces law and ...
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Performing several actions on the same thing - “(verb) it, (verb) it and (verb) it” OR “(verb), (verb) and (verb) it.”

I was writing some answers on other SE communities, when I find myself writing: Test it, learn from it and improve it. 1) Is it okay the repetead use of "it"? 2) Are there cases when it is ...
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exception in the past tense clauses sequence rule?

As all of us know as a general grammatical rule,the verb tense in second clause which comes after a simple past tense clause must be in one of the past tenses. For example: She knew she had made ...
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Two-part question with “or”

I mean do we have a full control on our destiny or uncontrollable factors are involved in shaping our future? In the question above including the conjunction 'or', did it follow the structure of a ...
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What's wrong with “university students would have to choose study over work, especially if they are undertaking a degree in theoretical subjects.”?

The following is a question in a Japanese University's entrance exam. There is an error in the following sentence. Correct the sentence by locating the wrong word from (1)-(4) and replacing it with ...
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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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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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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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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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Using “have been”

I would like to know which of these sentences is correct: 1) The code changes have been done and have been checked in. 2) The code changes have been done and checked in. 3) The code ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“…which I did.”, “…but I'm not.” - are they correct?

I've been wondering, are structures like the ones mentioned in the title considered correct? Is it perfectly fine to use them, or do they sound overly colloquial? Let's focus on the three examples: ...
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Correct usage of location/s

When you are asking someone to change the locations of the points on the coordinate system, which sentence is correct? Please change the location of the points Please change the locations of the ...
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noun pattern; fabrication, finishing, assembly

The sentence goes like this: Structures classified in group f1 are occupied for the purpose of fabrication, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, assembly or processing of materials. Here the ...
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Parallel Structure - 'print twenty copies first and make sure they deliver them on time'

I read the following script in a TOEIC Speaking book: “Hi, Mohammed. This is Sam. I just got your voicemail about the printing job. I would rather go with the original printer. Maybe you can ask ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to drop “do” to make the sentence parallel

Can I remove "do" from the below sentence? Does the meaning change? Original: In a recent survey, Physical Fitness Weekly found that people exercising daily consider themselves no healthier than do ...