A good writer uses parallel structure; that is, he or she puts nouns, verbs, phrases, thoughts, and so on into a similar form. This is done primarily for style: it makes the writing easier to read and in turn, easier for the reader to understand. Often, sentences that seem to be correct but just sound wrong have a lack of parallelism at the core of their problem. The non parallel examples below give the impression that the writer is undecided or timid, afraid to choose one form of expression and stick with it whereas parallel examples give the impression that the writer is at least confident enough to make a choice and keep to it. Nonparallel
Students spend their time going to classes,studying, working, and they wish they had time for a social life.
By the end of the quarter they're exhausted, irritable, and have learned a lot.
BCC students hope for early registration dates, and close-in parking spaces are important, too.
Students spend their time going to classes,studying, working, and wishing for a social life.
By the end of the quarter they're exhausted, irritable and smarter.
BCC students hope for early registration dates and close-in parking spaces.
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