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.