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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Parallelism

 
  Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of parallelism.

 
 
1. Choose the best ending for the sentence.
My sister likes to sing, __________.
  dance, and to act
  dancing, and acting
  dance, and act
     
2. Choose the best ending for the sentence.
The park is a good place to play games, __________.
  watch children, and relax
  watch the children play and relax
  the children play and you relax
     
3. Choose the best ending for the sentence.
Tom ran down the street, __________.
  around the corner, and up the hill
  he ran around the corner and up the hill
  kept running around the corner and then he ran up the hill
     
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 stereo system that is new
  he bought an expensive new stereo system
  he bought a new, stereo system 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 considerate, a good teacher, and he loves his children.
  Norman is a considerate man, a good teacher, 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 Japanese and Korean is another language she also would like to study.
  Jackie wants to learn Japanese, and Korean too.
     
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 language exchange program was a very special experience because it was more than just an English course; it provided an opportunity for learning about different cultures, to know another country's lifestyle, and also the behavior of people in a foreign country.
  The language exchange program was a very special experience because it was more than just an English course; it was an opportunity to learn about the cultures, lifestyles, and behaviors of people in other countries.