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Problem: Make Word Forms Parallel

You probably know that word form is the process where we add, delete, or change a prefix or suffix–a small part at the beginning or end of a word. 117 more words

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Problem: Verb Forms Are Not Parallel

We all know that verbs can be inflected for verb tense and sometimes for non-tensed adjective, adverb an noun functions. When writing parallel structures with verbs, write your parallel structures in a way that will be easiest for your reader to understand. 121 more words


Wrong or Missing Preposition in a Parallel Structure

You probably know that a parallel structure is a set of two or more words or phrases joined with a conjunction, like and or or. 115 more words

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Problem: Wrong Conjunction in a Parallel Structure

In a parallel construction of two or more elements, use and when all the listed elements are true for the given situation. Use or when there is a choice, or when the conjoined elements exist in a negative statement. 212 more words

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Hyphens in Parallel Compounds and Parallel Prefixes

Parallel constructions can join two or more prefixes to the same word. Use a space after the first hyphen and other subsequent hyphens until the last prefix. 69 more words


Punctuate Long Parallel Structures with Semicolons

In short parallel structures, separate elements using commas:

To make an apple pie, you need apples, sugar, butter, flour, and salt.

In parallel constructions where the conjoined elements are long, and especially where one or more elements includes internal commas, separate elements using semicolons, and precede the list with a colon.

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Resolve "Structural Ambiguity" in a Parallel Structure

Structural ambiguity presents a problem for your reader: your message is difficult to decode because you have created a structure that could be interpreted two different ways. 257 more words

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