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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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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.
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May all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this Holiday Season. — parallelism?

I found on a Christmas card sold in the U.S., and I know it's natural: May all that is beautiful, meaningful, and brings you joy be yours this Holiday Season. But this re-configured version may ...
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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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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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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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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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Were/Would be vs Were/Would have been

I'm not sure if I'm right but I think that after "were" I should place "would have been" instead of "would be". If I were to make this game, it would have been a lot more difficult. It would have had ...
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“but also he’s going to Greece…” or “but he’s also going to Greece…”?

This site says: we can say He’s not only funny, but also he’s intelligent. or He's not only funny but also intelligent. And we can say as showed in the site Not only is Matthew going to Egypt for ...
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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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Is the second “like” indispensable in the sentence “I not only like their language, but like their culture as well”?

I not only like their language, but like their culture as well. Is it right to say "I not only like their language, but their culture as well"? Can I omit the "like" after "but"?
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One's own, Oneself and himself

Here are two sentences with one's health and his health : One should take care of one's health. One should take care of his health. Do the meaning differs if we add own in these sentences as ...
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Should I use the full sentence in the following case

I have three different form of component sentences at following. It seems to me that all three are grammatically correct.However, I don't know which one is more acceptable style? or which one will ...
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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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Both with verbs

I have a doubt about the use of "both" with verbs. Is it correct to write "I am writing both in English and in Italian to you" or "I am writing to you in English and in Italian both"? Thank you for ...
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or that were used… — is this grammatically fine?

Source: Networking Bible by Barrie Sosinsky (2009) Examples: Copper cabling or wires, which include different categories of Ethernet cable (designated by specifications such as CAT5 or CAT6), ...
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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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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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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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Starting with verb in bullet list

My colleague wrote a presentation and I wonder if he is correct or not. The SDK is super cool Provides this unique feature Ensures wonderful capabilities Is it OK that each item in the bullet list ...
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Why are these sentences ungrammatical?

There are two sentences in my homework that I can't explain why they are ungrammatical. How to correct them? 1) The students heard the teacher's rumors about each other. I guess there is something ...
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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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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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In the given sentence, should I mix the tenses, or should I keep them in harmony?

I thought you were one of those people who didn't like dogs. I thought you were one of those people who don't like dogs. Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? Is there a difference ...
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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 ...
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Parallelism - “answering” or “would answer”

Is my correction correct, as there is parallelism error? Original: In exchange, he agreed that the ABC would operate under the jurisdiction of the Defense and Interior Ministries, rather than ...
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Sentence rephrasing issues

This is a question from sentence correction. Incorrect: The possibility of an attack on Indian Point, a nuclear power plant, has caused local governmental officials to plan evacuation routes, build ...
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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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Repeat “let” and/or “be”? Example: Let A be a line and (let?) B (be?) a plane

While fixing my notation in a research article, I want to write something like this: Let A be a line and (let) B (be) a plane. Question: Do I have to write the second let and be or can I omit one ...
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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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Faulty parallelism in phrases [because of + noun // because + gerund]

Chickens are becoming popular backyard pets, in part because of the eggs, but also because raising them is fun. I wonder if the example sentence above exhibits faulty parallelism, as in the first ...
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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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How to phrase the following sentence of cause and effect relationship?

How to phrase the following sentence of cause and effect relationship? I tried to phrase sentence, but because I'm not English native speaker, and this is the first time that I build a sentence like ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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The use of “in” & “out of” in the financial context

Amos communications satellites operator Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. (TASE:SCC) received more than NIS 600 million in orders in the institutional tender of its bond issue, in which it ...
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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/...