PARALLELISM - Coggle Diagram
Faulty: "Nancy likes playing the piano, the trumpet and play the guitar."
Parallel: "Nancy likes playing the piano, the trumpet and the guitar" .
Faulty: "She played basketball, had a shower and gone to school."
Parallel: "She played basketball, had a shower and went to school".
Faulty: "You can apply to the job by filling this form or apply by telephone."
Parallel: "You can apply to the job by filling this form or you can apply by telephone" .
Parallel Words: Balance adjectives with adjectives, nouns with nouns, verbs with verbs, and adverbs with adverbs .
Parallel Phrases: Maintain balance in phrases joined by correlative conjunctions.
Parallel Clauses: Balance elements joined by coordinating conjunctions, especially and, but, and or
Maintaining parallel structure helps avoid grammatically incorrect sentences and improves writing style .
Parallel construction is most commonly used in sentences containing elements that appear in a series or in a pair .
DEFINITION: Parallelism in grammar is the balance within one or more sentences of similar phrases or clauses that have the same grammatical structure
PURPOSE: A sentence with parallel construction makes writing effective, classy, and certain to impress anyone who reads the work
How to Create Parallelism:
Rewrite the sentence for each element that should be parallel to test parallelism
Correlative conjunctions, such as either/or, not only/but also, neither/nor, whether/or, rather than, and both/and, should follow the same grammatical structure to create a parallel sentence
Rules of Parallelism
Balance nouns with nouns, prepositional phrases with prepositional phrases, participles with participles, infinitives with infinitives, and clauses with clauses