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    Dear teachers,
    In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Parallelism exists at many levels in a sentence. In this case one can have parallelism with "[in which to] A and B" or "[in which] to A and to B. The parellism depends on where one draws the brackets for the common piece.

    In this sentence, the "to expect" is a problem for me. One does not go to college "to expect" the real world. I think "think about" would work better.

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    Default Re: paralled sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    I agree with Mike. I think the problem is with expect. I don't know what it is supposed to mean to expect the real world. I would delete expect and from that sentence.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    In the sentence 'The intimate atmosphere of the small college allows the student four years of structural living in which to expect and prepare for the real world' I think a 'to' should be added before the word 'prepare'. Or this part loses balance. Am I right?
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    I agree with Mike. I think the problem is with expect. I don't know what it is supposed to mean to expect the real world. I would delete expect and from that sentence.

    :)
    :wink:

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