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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Parallelism

 
 

Parallelism is the use of the same, or similar, grammatical structures when linking items in a sentence. Parallel structure makes different parts of a sentence balanced and equal.
 

 
 
Dorothy likes painting, gardening, and walking.
  gerund gerund gerund
 
 


Use parallel structure when linking words, phrases, or clauses in a sentence by linking words of the same grammatical form, for example:

  • noun + noun

  • gerund + gerund

  • adjective + adjective

Use parallel structure when linking phrases of the same grammatical form, for example:

  • prepositional phrase + prepositional phrase

  • verb phrase + verb phrase

Use parallel structure when linking clauses with clauses (a clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb)

Related sections
Adjectives
Gerunds
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Infinitives
Sentence Combining: Part A
Sentence Combining: Part B