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What is Parallel Construction?

  By Vie Herlocker   I collect antique and vintage English grammar books, and I find it fun to compare the older text with today’s guides. So, let’s check out the definition of parallel construction. In 1922, Ginn and Company published the textbook Composition and Rhetoric , written by William M. Tanner, an instructor at Boston University. Tanner wrote, “Ideas that are parallel in thought should be parallel in grammatical expression.” One of my favorite contemporary definitions comes from the online writing center at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA: Parallel structure is the repetition of a chosen grammatical form within a sentence. By making each compared item or idea in your sentence follow the same grammatical pattern, you create a parallel construction.   Well, it looks like the issue of parallel constructions has been around and has meant the same thing for more than one hundred years. Why use parallel construction?   The Evergreen text says: Parallel stru

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