If you’re like me you’ve heard the term parallelism, but didn’t quite grasp the concept. I never really understood the meaning or purpose of using it, until recently when I participated in an on-line class.
What is parallelism? Its the use of grammatical elements in patterns. A repeat of verbs, nouns, or any other part of speech, to create a pleasing pattern.
Noun+Verb – I woke up, I made breakfast, and I called the professor.
Verb+Verb – I laughed and cried at the same time. (Get as many verbs as possible in your sentences-they add movement.)
Prepositions – We looked in, around, and under the couch for the keys.
Sentences using parallelism are memorable and well structured. Song writers and Poets use parallelism. Readers don’t notice that the writer is using the technique to add rhythm and flow, they just enjoy it.
Other reasons to use parallelism in your writing:
-You will avoid the tendency to sprinkle adjectives and adverb all over the place.
-You will avoid long, confusing, run-on sentences.
-Your sentences will come out more clear and concise.
Just something else to think about and add to your arsenal of tools.
3 thoughts on “Use Parallelism To Enhance Your Writing”
Parallelisms are fantastic, and I love a proper compound sentence packed with a bunch of story moving words. I would, however, watch those pesky filter words. That graphic had my filter-word-senses tingling. “Being” is a doozy filter word, not only is it an “Ing” word it likes to bring along a bunch more “ing” words and can even toss the Tense of the narrative the wrong way.
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