Parallel construction

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

Your writing will be clearer if you use parallel construction. By parallel construction, we mean words or expressions of similar form.

Consider the sentence given below.

Alice likes sewing, painting and to play tennis.

The above sentence does not follow parallel construction. To make it parallel, change the infinitive (to play) into -ing form.

See also

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It as a preparatory subject New!
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Agreement of the verb with the subject New!
Correct use of relative pronouns New!