Parallelism is useful in writing because it helps the author to establish a feeling of rhythm and order. Writing seems clunky and choppy when sentence patterns are not parallel. Parallel clauses are often used in combination with a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Coordinating conjunctions connect two independent sentences and help them to be read as one unit.
When writing essays, you will usually need to use different types of paragraphs to break up the text and provide contrast or clarification. These include: introductory paragraphs, body paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, and appended material. Introductory paragraphs give a brief overview of the topic being discussed. They may include questions about the topic that encourage readers to think about it further. Body paragraphs explain and expand on topics introduced in the essay question or in previous paragraphs. They should contain information that is relevant to the argument or position being made. Concluding paragraphs summarize the main points made in the essay and suggest possible directions for future research. Appended materials include references and resources - such as newspaper articles or books - that support the ideas presented in the essay.
In general, the more frequently you use specific language elements in your work, the better you will be at using those elements and writing well. So, by learning these elements and how they are used, you will be able to write better essays.
One important thing to remember is that there is no single right way to write.
Use parallel construction when connecting two or more clauses or phrases with a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, still, or so). This can be done by using the corresponding forms of the verb "to be" followed by each clause.
Parallel structures contain items that are equal in meaning. They are used to show relationship between ideas. For example: "I like apples and oranges." "I like both fruits." The first statement shows that you like something that is called an apple and something else that is called an orange. The second statement shows that you like something that is called an apple and something else that is called an apple. There is no difference between the two statements as far as what they mean.
Parallel structures are common in everyday language. These sentences use the same form of the verb "to like" but they express different ideas because they have different contents. The first sentence shows that you like someone who is called a boy and someone else who is called a girl. The second sentence shows that you like someone who is called a boy and someone else who is called a boy.
By employing the same grammatical structure to express equal concepts, parallelism gives a feeling of rhythm and balance in writing. Faulty parallelism arises when sentence parts are not balanced, resulting in a clunky and ugly statement. For example: "John is a good boy -- but Sarah is also good." There is no need for both sentences to start with words such as "John" and "Sarah". It is enough if one of them does so first. Similarly, it is unnecessary for both sentences to end with words such as "but" and "so". One can be finished and the other started without breaking the flow of the text.
In Chinese literature, many characters are written in parallel to indicate equality. For example, in the phrase "shuang yong ren zai wu ye" (the king is like a god on earth), the word shuang indicates that the king is like a god, while yong means both "king" and "god". In English, this comparison would be expressed by using "like" or "as": "The king is like a god on earth."
Equal signs often appear together out of convenience. For example, in the phrase "a good boy - but also good", the words "but also" are used to show that John is a good boy but Sarah is also good.
A parallel framework strengthens and clarifies your writing. By developing word patterns that readers can readily follow, parallel structure improves the readability of your work. The repeating of a certain grammatical form inside a phrase is known as parallel structure (also known as parallelism). For example, "The lion king roared once before it died." There are two forms of parallel structure: semantic and syntactic.
Semantic parallelism occurs when one idea is expressed in multiple ways to show its similarity to other ideas or concepts. In the first sentence of this tip, I am expressing the concept of courage in several different ways: with words, through examples, and by using causal language (something that causes someone to do something). Syntactic parallelism involves using similar words or phrases to describe identical concepts. In the second sentence, I am doing this too by using various types of boldfaced words to indicate that I am talking about three different things-the lion, the movie, and King Kong.
Now that you know what parallel structure is and why it is useful, you can start looking for places where you can add some repetition to your writing. For example, instead of simply saying "I ate lunch today," try saying "I ate lunch today. It was delicious!" This adds some semantic parallelism because the food is now being described in several different ways-as lunch, as something to eat, and as something that made me feel full.