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structure is a collection of two or more items of the same
grammatical structure. It might be a noun with another noun, a
simple present tense verb with another simple present tense verb, an
infinitive with another infinitive, adjectives with other
adjectives, or other categories of grammatical structures strung
there are only two items, no comma is used. If there are more than
two items, a comma separates each item. The last item is
preceded by a comma and the word "and."
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Examples of Parallel Structure
John ate a sandwich, a salad, a
bowl of soup, and an apple.
Rick listened to rock and jazz.
We didn't know if we were
coming or going.
Consuelo washed the dishes, swept
the floor, and dusted the cabinet.
Rubina will graduate and begin
her new job in June.
Jack makes coffee with one cup
of water and one teaspoon of instant. He drinks it with
Javier tried to study and pass
Marie wants to visit New York,
tour the museums, and dance in discos.
Living in Rome and visiting
Rome are two different experiences.
Meeting and shaking hand with
Bob, Sandra knew they would be good friends.
All men want to have a long,
lean, sleek torso.
All women want to be thin,
rich, and beautiful.
Joel does his work slowly and
Mike ran quickly, easily, and
smoothly in the race.
around the corner, to the left , and up the hill.
I'll meet you at eight in the
morning in front of the coffee shop by the train station.
it was dark, when no cars were driving by, and when there was total silence, the thieves decided to make