ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Pretty Parallels: More than Just a List
May 9, 2002
Parallelism is the repetition of a pattern inside our sentences.
Using parallel structures shows the reader that ideas are equally
important and, as a result, are easier to remember and to read.
These structures can be simple (Gerund nouns in a list: skiing,
swimming, and hiking) or complex (Repetition in a balanced sentence: I
would rather eat cake; moreover, I could easily eat two!).
Words balance words; phrase balances phrase; sentence balances
Examples of Parallel Structures
Michael wanted to catch a snake, put it in a cage, and take it to
She was a woman who loved grammar, enjoyed sentences, and adored
I came; I saw; I conquered.
Very often, we delay things in our lives. This is called
"procrastination." Sometimes we put off doing our homework;
other times, we resist making a decision.
Write about a time where you procrastinated. Use at least two sets of
parallel structures in your short paragraph.
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