# March 25th : Parallel Structure

Understand the Problem:

For a list of actions or items, you must maintain parallel structure. To do this, use equal grammatical units. If the first item is a noun, then the following items must also be nouns; if the first item is a verb, then make the other items verbs as well

# Nonparallel to Parallel

Find the Solution:

Once you discover a nonparallel item, you have two options.

• First, you can make it conform to the other grammatical items in the sentence.
• Look at this example: We spent the hour in the waiting room reading old magazines, eating stale cookies from the vending machine, and we wiggled on the hard plastic chairs.
• Reading old magazines and eating stale cookies are participle phrases; we wiggled ..., however, is a main clause.
• If we fix the nonparallel item, the sentence looks like this:
• We spent the hour in the waiting room reading old magazines, eating stale cookies from the vending machine, and wiggling on the hard plastic chairs.