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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Parallelism

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of parallelism.

Example

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
Carrie's hobbies are ____________.

knitting, to read books, and eat food
to knit, to read, and eat food
knitting, reading, and eating

The correct answer is "knitting, reading, and eating".


1.

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
My sister likes to jog, ____________.

 

swim, and to cycle

 

swimming, and cycling

 

swim, and cycle

     
2.

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
The park is a good place to play games, ____________.

 

walk dogs, and relax

 

walking the dog and relax

 

the dogs can walk and you relax

     
3.

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
Tom ran down the street, ____________.

 

up the stairs, and into the house

 

he ran up the stairs and into the house

 

kept running up the stairs and then he ran into the house

     
4.

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
Jack bought an expensive new car last year, and this year ____________.

 

he paid too much money for a DVD player that is new

 

he bought an expensive new DVD player

 

he bought a new, DVD player that was also expensive

     
5.

Choose the best ending for the sentence.
Stress makes a person want to stop what they are doing, ____________.

 

trying to relax, and to become calm again

 

try to relax, and become calm again

 

to try to relax, and becoming calm again

     
6.

Which sentence is parallel?

 

Norman is thoughtful, a generous person, and he loves his family.

 

Norman is a thoughtful man, a generous friend, and a loving father.

     
7.

Which sentence is parallel?

 

Susan is looking for a boyfriend who is intelligent, patient, and kind.

 

Susan is looking for a boyfriend who is intelligent, patient, and a kind person.

     
8.

Which sentence is parallel?

 

Jackie wants to learn to ski and snowboarding is another sport she also would like to try.

 

Jackie wants to learn to ski and snowboard.

     
9.

Which sentence is parallel?

 

Travelling is fun, but it may be more important to stay home and get a good job.

 

Travelling is fun, but staying home and getting a good job may be more important.

     
10.

Which sentence is parallel?

 

The teacher training program was a very special experience because it was more than just a teacher training course; it provided an opportunity for learning about different cultures, to know another country's lifestyle, and also the behaviour of people in a foreign country.

 

The overseas teacher training program was a very special experience because it was more than just a teacher training course; it was an opportunity to learn about the cultures, lifestyles, and behaviours of people in other countries.