Parallel Structure/Parallel Clauses

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Parallel Structure

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Parallel structure is demonstrated by using words that are in a similar category to show that a two or more ideas have the same level of importance. This can be demonstrated by words, phrases, or similar clauses. These can be joined by the conjunctions, “and” or “or.”

Examples/Non-Examples:

  • Example: Timothy enjoys eating, sleeping, and killing his friends!

  • Non-Example: Timothy enjoys eating, sleeping, and violently stabbing his friends.

  • Example: Stefan was ordered to murder him quickly, quietly, and gruesomely

  • Non-Example: Stefan was ordered to murder him quickly, quietly, and do it with violence.

  • Example: Jerry was told that one had to murder or to steal in order to receive severe punishment while he was incarcerated.

  • Non-Example: Jerry was told that one had to murder, and must commit a felony in order to receive severe punishment while he was incarcerated.

  • Example: Fred chewed his friend hungrily, angrily, and sassily.

  • Non-Example: Fred chewed his friend hungrily, angrily, and with sass.

  • Example: Would you rather have to inject hydrogen peroxide into your bloodstream, or have to live your life as a criminal wanted for mass genocide?

  • Non-Example: Bob waited until the the last minute to catch the bus, but that was okay because the bus completed its course when it flew off the cliff.

Parallel Clauses

Parallel Clause:

This is a parallel structure that begins with clauses and must keep on with clauses to remain parallel. Changing to another pattern or changing the voice of the verb will break the parallelism.

Examples/Non-Examples:

  • Example: The coach said that they should get lots of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and that they should do exercises before they go into the maze with a great chance of death.

  • Non-Example: The coach said that they should get lots of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and to do exercises before they go into the maze with a great chance of death.

  • Example: He was told that he should murder, that he should torture, and that he should eat children.

  • Non-Example: He was told that he should murder, that he should torture, and eat children.

  • Example: It is good to eat, to stab, and to play with your friends!

  • Non-Example: It is good to eat, to stab, and play with your friends!

  • Example: The cannibal asked the butcher if he could order human meat, if he could order freshly skinned chicken, and if he could order turkey soaked in distilled blood.

  • Non-example: The cannibal asked the butcher if he could order human meat, a freshly skinned chicken, and if he could order turkey soaked in distilled blood.

  • Example: Jeff decided that he would fly a plane, that he would binge watch LOTR, and that he would go to bed at 6:30.

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