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Brad's Advanced Composition  April 13 Assignment

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Advanced Composition: Using Parallel Structure
April 13, 2000

Parallelism is repetition of grammatical structures. These structures can be simple (single nouns) or complex (repetition of complete sentence structures). Word balances word; phrase balances phrase; sentence balances sentence.

Examples of Parallel Structures

bulletMichael wanted to catch a snake, to put it in a cage, and to take it to school. 
bulletShe was a woman who understood grammar, who enjoyed sentences, and who loved paragraphs. 
bulletWe want always to succeed; however, we wish only to delay.


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 when you procrastinated. Use at least two sets of parallel structures in your short paragraph. See the teacher's writing sample on this assignment.

Let's put it off for a rainy day.


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