Parrallel Structure

By Madeline Beaulne

Definition

In writing or in speech, parallelism is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. It puts ideas together that are of equal importance. This method adds balance and rhythm to sentences giving ideas a smoother flow and thus can be persuasive because of the repetition it employs.


She walked, talked, and danced.

Or

She was walking, talks, and dances.

Examples

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." — John F. Kennedy



John F Kennedy 'Ask not'