Parallel structure

October 19, 2008

One thing I check for when I’m editing, is parallel structure in lists, topic headings and the like. It’s often hard to get others to see what I mean by a ‘parallel list’, so I use examples. Even then, I’m still not 100% sure they ‘get it’.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (OWL at Purdue) has a great explanation of parallel structure, with some simple examples. You can read about it here:

[Link last checked December 2012]


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