# Parallel Structure

• 22-Jan-2011, 17:59
Jennifer Nevsky
Parallel Structure
How does the principle of parallel structure inform the usage of a semicolon construction? Do both sides of the semicolon need to have the same construction? For example, can one use a simple sentence on one side of the semicolon and a compound sentence on the other?
• 22-Jan-2011, 19:04
5jj
Re: Parallel Structure
You posted this question at 17.56. Please don't clog up the system with multiple postings.
• 22-Jan-2011, 20:19
2006
Re: Parallel Structure
[QUOTE=Jennifer Nevsky;706494]How does the principle of parallel structure inform the usage of a semicolon construction? Do both sides of the semicolon need to have the same construction? no
For example, can one use a simple sentence on one side of the semicolon and a compound sentence on the other? Yes you can. But those are components, not sentences, when they are separated by a semicolon. The whole thing is a sentence.
But I know what you mean.

Sara will leave on Tuesday; I will leave on Wednesday, and the others will leave on Thursday or Friday. :tick:

But if the components on either side of the semicolon are too complicated, it would probably be better to have two sentences.

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2006
• 22-Jan-2011, 20:48
Jennifer Nevsky
Re: Parallel Structure
I am not sure I understand components, a term you used in your explanation. Could you explain, please?
• 22-Jan-2011, 23:24
jlinger
Re: Parallel Structure
components = parts, sections, phrases, elements
Each side of the semicolon is one component. And a component may be further divided into sub-components.

See - English is just as easy as splitting the atom!

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