Parallel Construction Exercise (161)

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: Inhaling secondhand smoke is as dangerous as to smoke.
Correct : Inhaling secondhand smoke is as dangerous as smoking.

2.
Original: Movies perpetuate the idea that, to be valued, women must be beautiful, but it’s OK for men to be ugly.
Correct : Movies perpetuate the idea that, to be valued, women must be beautiful, but men can be ugly.

3.
Original: The student who refused to do homework complained that his teacher was unfair and always finding fault with his behavior.
Correct : The student who refused to do homework complained that his teacher was unfair and fault-finding.

4.
Original: I’d love to go with you, but I have dogs to feed, plants to water, and washing the dishes before bedtime.
Correct : I’d love to go with you, but I have dogs to feed, plants to water, and dishes to be washed before bedtime.

5.
Original: Most writers love to be complimented and have their books published.
Correct : Most writers love to be complimented and published.

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