Friday, June 1, 2012

More Writing Tips (Part 3 of 5)

Avoid faulty parallelism.

This means that when you put words in a series, they need to match (or parallel) the grammatical structure.

Marlene ate chili, chicken, peas, and sliced her bananas. The last item, sliced her bananas, isn't parallel.

You can correct it this way: Marlene ate chili, chicken, peas, and bananas. Or you could write, Marlene ate chili, chicken, and peas. After that, she sliced her bananas.

When I write a series of words, 
each word will match the grammatical structure.


  1. Thank you for sharing all the writing tips, Cec. They are very helpful and much appreciated!

  2. Thanks, Cec. I often see this in writing samples, critiques, and writers don't do it right. (Sorry, just couldn't resist...)


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