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Parallel Structure Learning Resources

Guide to Grammar & Writng iconThis resource is from a website maintained by the English Department at Capital Community College. This link uses explanations and examples from William Strunk’s Elements of Style. It offers explanations of and instructions on correcting faulty parallelisms. You can also take quizzes. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/parallelism.htm

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big dog grammar iconA bare bones guide to English. This link offers fun and simple explanations of parallel structure. You can take a self-test to see “if you really understand.”  http://aliscot.com/bigdog/parallel.htm

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Towson U iconThis page on parallel structure from the Towson University Writing Lab offers helpful graphics of sentences with parallel structure.

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The strength of this site on parallel structure is that the author, Tina Blue, gives both textbook examples that are pretty easy to reapir, and student written, real-world examples that are much more difficult to repair.

http://www.grammartips.homestead.com/parallelism1.html

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grammar bytes iconQuiz page.  Grammar Bytes gives developing writers another great interactive quiz to test their ability to write correct sentences.

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Stephen Wilbers, a writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, has written three wonderful short essays on parallel structure:

  1. "Using parallel construction honors contract with reader"
  2. "Use parallel structure for emphasis, power"
  3. "The beauty and utility of language are connected"

These columns help writers understand more than just how to correct faulty parallels in their writing: they show why parallel structure is useful, and how good parallel structure makes writing powerful and beautiful. Includes quizzes. Highly recommended. http://www.wilbers.com/part40.htm

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