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Unit 11: Lesson 3

Writing: Grammar

Parallel structure | Quick guide

What is parallel structure?

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  • female robot amelia style avatar for user Nahom Fereja
    For best understanding, every topic should follow the same format like this: Video, Note, and Quize. Who feels the same like me?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user alexdag1234
    no joke "focus on what you can change" sounds like some life lesson.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user juligideon275
    how can i know the best option for me to choose in cases of closely related options
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  • blobby green style avatar for user tad777333
    On the last example, are "cheap" and "safe" in a parallel structure with "environmentally friendly"?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      The parallel bit between them is that they're the same type of adjective. Words like "cheaper" and "safer" are called comparative adjectives. We want to keep it parallel with "friendly", which is just normal, so we change them to "cheap" and "safe". Does that make it clearer?
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  • old spice man green style avatar for user Yaw Atuahene
    The question under the Rules of Parallel Lists bullet number 3, can it be corrected as follows: "There are two ways to get to the Olympics: either you train hard enough to qualify as an athlete or buy tickets"?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user ODILIO482
    Parallel structures often show up in questions that ask you to revise the underlined portion of a sentence. Some list items will be underlined, while others may not be
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  • blobby green style avatar for user henry.sebastian
    haw many people are in the word
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Paul McLeod
    You mention that a parallel phrase can't contain a phrase and independent clause, could it contain a dependant clause?
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