Drawing Parallels (Without the Lines)
IN THIS CHAPTER
Constructing parallel sentences
Aiming for consistency in tense, voice, and person
Using pairs of conjunctions correctly
Creating parallel comparisons
In math class, you plot parallels on a graph. In grammar, you create parallel constructions. When I say parallel constructions, I’m not talking about lines that look like train tracks. I’m talking about the need for balance in speech and writing — the need to create sentences that aren’t lopsided. I’m talking about the reason Hamlet says, “To be or not to be” instead of “Being or not to be.” In this chapter, I show you how to avoid everyday errors of parallelism — what hard-hatted grammarians call faulty construction.
Can you spot ...