Oct. 16 Exercise: Parallel Structure

PRACTICE
Please review the following sentences for errors in parallel structure. Correct the sentences by
rewriting them. Not all sentences are incorrect. Answers may vary.
1. My dog is not only friendly but also playful.
— Correct.
2. We can go to the park or dancing in the classroom. (Incorrect.)
— We can go to the park or dance in the classroom.
3. Jeremy likes to read historical, realistically and speculative fiction. (Incorrect.)
— Jeremy likes to read historical, realistic, and speculative fiction.
4. When I went to the bar, I want to dance, drinking and punch on the rowdy faces. (Incorrect.)
— When I went to the bar, I want to dance, drink, and punch on the rowdy faces.
5. Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly nor be careless about. (Incorrect.)
— Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly nor to care less.
6. Tyler is for the legalization, not criminalization of marijuana. (Incorrect.)
— Tyler is for the legalization, not for the criminalization of marijuana.
7. Sally needs a new stove, dishwasher and knives for her kitchen. (Incorrect.)
— Sally needs a new stove, dishwasher, and set of knives for her kitchen.
8. My first grade teacher taught me how to write, how to read and play tic-tac-toe. (Incorrect.)
— My first grade teacher taught me how to write, read, and play tic-tac-toe.
9. She will not admit it, nor will she be apologizing. (Incorrect.)
— She will not admit it nor apologize.
10. The whole wheat pasta is better than enriched wheat pasta. (Incorrect.)
— Correct.
11. Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, thinking critically, and improve writing. (Incorrect.)
— Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, think critically, and improve writing.
12. Beets are just as nutrient rich as rutabagas even though they are not in season.
— Correct.
13. Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands, risk their
own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not consider the consequences of
their actions. (Incorrect.)

— Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands, risking their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not considering the consequences of their actions.

 

14. In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd, tell people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gesture. (Incorrect.)

— In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd, told people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gestured.

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