Parallel Construction Exercise (150)

"Parallel structure" refers to using words, phrases, and clauses in certain balanced patterns. An example of "faulty parallel construction" is: "I like reading, writing, and to garden." All three object words are of the same importance, so they should match. In this example, all should be gerunds, or all should be infinitives: "I like reading, writing, and gardening" or, "I like to read, to write, and to garden." Edit the following sentences to correct any faults of parallel construction.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The best books are well written, entertaining, and teach you something.
Correct : The best books are well written, entertaining, and informative.

2.
Original: Next weekend I’m going to Dallas where I plan to shop, visit my relatives, and be looking for a job.
Correct : Next weekend I’m going to Dallas where I plan to shop, visit my relatives, and look for a job.

3.
Original: I watched a movie on TCM that was set in London, filmed in black and white, and was starring Laurence Olivier.
Correct : I watched a movie on TCM that was set in London, filmed in black and white, and starred Laurence Olivier.

4.
Original: Our teacher told us to answer the essay questions on the test quickly, accurately, and so she could read them.
Correct : Our teacher told us to answer the essay questions on the test quickly, accurately, and legibly.

5.
Original: Silas Marner was a weaver, a miser, and the village children made him a target of ridicule.
Correct : Silas Marner was a weaver, a miser, and a target of ridicule for the village children.

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