Parallelism

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What is parallelism?

Parallelism is when ideas are put together in similar form.

Examples:

Parallel: Mark likes jogging, swimming, and biking.

Note that all the activities Mark enjoys end in ing. The sentence is parallel because those three words have the same ending/are in the same form.

Not Parallel: Mark likes jogging, swimming, and to bike.

Here the sentence is not parallel because the word bike is not in the same form as jogging and swimming.

 

Parallel: The boys hopped, jumped, and skipped.

Not parallel: The boys hopped, jumped, and skip.

The top sentence is parallel because all the words have the same form; they all end in ed. The bottom sentence is not parallel because not all the words have the same form. Hopped and jumped are similar but skip is not.

 

Parallel: Lisa wore a beautiful dress, a sleek hairstyle, and stunning high heels.

Not parallel: Lisa wore a beautiful dress, a sleek hairstyle, and her shoes were stunning.

The top sentence is parallel because a description word is used before each noun. The bottom sentence is not parallel because a pronoun is used before shoes instead of a descriptive word to describe the shoes. Dress and hairstyle have description words before them but shoes does not.