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Parallel Construction

Chapter:
Grammar
Author(s):

Stacy Christiansen

Parallel construction can be used to build a sentence or emphasize a point.Parallelism may rely on accepted cues (either/or, neither/nor, not only/but also, both/and). All elements of the parallelism that appear on one side of the coordinating conjunction should match corresponding elements on the other side.Note: Either/or is used with only 2 comparators (use with more than 2 items is considered nonstandard).Note: Avoid the use of nor when the first negative is expressed by not or no.The conjunction than often introduces an abridged expression (eg, “You are younger than I [am young]).” Correct placement of than is important to avoid

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