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Parallel Structure

Parallel structure is an important component of good writing. It ensures that your text flows smoothly and that your grammatical forms are consistent. Done well, parallelism can give your writing more impact.

Tip: 

Words in a series or in a compound sentence should be written in the same tense and in the same style of speech.

  • Incorrect: In the summer, I like to go swimming, camping and for hikes.
  • Correct: In the summer, I like to go swimming, camping and hiking.
  • Incorrect: After we completed the assignment, we wait for the grade.
  • Correct: After we completed the assignment, we waited for the grade.
  • Incorrect: She not only corrected my grammar, but also my spelling.
  • Correct: She not only corrected my grammar, but also corrected my spelling.
  • Correct: She corrected not only my grammar, but also my spelling.
  • Incorrect: For family members who enjoy each other’s company often decide on a restaurant together.
  • Correct: Family members who enjoy each other’s company often decide on a restaurant together
  • Incorrect: In Islam, when an imam is consulted can address spiritual or physical pain.
  • Correct: In Islam, an imam can be consulted for spiritual or physical pain.
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