Make your sentences clearer with parallel structures

We can make our writing clearer and better by using parallel construction. When you list items, make sure that they are in similar form.

Here are some tips for ensuring that your sentences have parallel structure.

When listing non-finite verbs after a main verb, keep them in the same form. For example, if you use infinitives, stick to them. If you use gerunds, stick to them. Don't put a gerund after an infinitive or an infinitive after a gerund although it is possible in a few cases.

Keep verbs in the same tense. If you begin writing in the past tense, don't change to the present.

Don't inject an adjective into a list of adverbs. Similarly, don't add an adverb into a list of adjectives.

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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