Parallel Structure

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Parallel Structure

  1. 1. Parallel Structure
  2. 2. <ul><li>using similar words to demonstrate that 2 or more ideas have the same level of importance. </li></ul>Definition
  3. 3. <ul><li>your ideas come across more clearly since they’re easier to read. </li></ul>Parallel Structure is Important!
  4. 4. Correct Usage Infinitive Phrases <ul><li>Parallel way: </li></ul><ul><li>John likes to laugh, to run, and to eat. </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>John likes to laugh, run, and eat. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use &quot;to&quot; right before all the verbs in a sentence or just before the first verb. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Correct Usage -ing Words <ul><li>Parallel way: </li></ul><ul><li>John likes laugh ing , runn ing , and eat ing . </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Little ducks are always </li></ul><ul><li>quack ing and follow ing each </li></ul><ul><li>other. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Incorrect Usage <ul><li>Not Parallel: </li></ul><ul><li>Paul likes laugh ing , runn ing , and to eat . </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>The store clerk rang up his customer quick ly and efficient . </li></ul>
  7. 7. More Examples Incorrect Correct <ul><li>Jacob thought the cartoon was unexciting, childish, and was too long . </li></ul><ul><li>Joe went to school, a diner , and to the bank. </li></ul><ul><li>You think both singing and to dance are important </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob thought the cartoon was unexciting, childish, and too long . </li></ul><ul><li>Joe went to school, to a diner , and to the bank. </li></ul><ul><li>You think both singing and dancing are important. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Works Cited <ul><li>Clipart Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.myenglishteacher.net/parallelism.html </li></ul>

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