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Parallelism

Answer Key to Parallelism Exercise 3

 

In this answer key, you'll find two sentences for each number. In the first sentence, we've underlined the parallel structures. In the second sentence (which we've italicized), we've re-writen the sentences. (Note that the re-written sentence is only one option for correcting the sentence. Other revisions are possible.)

  1. Ireland’s mountains are lush, green, and people find them attractive.
    Ireland’s mountains are lush, green and attractive.
  2. The coast has great seafood, clean air, and the beaches are really pretty.
    The coast has great seafood, clean air and pretty beaches.
  3. Trevor’s eyesight causes him to squint when he reads the paper, and he has to almost close his eyes when he looks at the clock.
    Trevor’s eyesight causes him to squint when he reads the paper and when he looks at the clock.
  4. These novels were banned in Europe during the 1940’s and they were burned during the same period.
    These novels were banned and burned in Europe during the 1940’s.
  5. That roller coaster goes fast in the beginning, but in the last twenty seconds it slows down.
    That roller coaster goes fast , but it slows down in the last twenty seconds .
  6. Her decision to move to New York reflected her new-found independence and she had a new perspective on life.
    Her decision to move to New York reflected her new-found independence and her new perspective on life.
  7. I want to learn how to fly a plane, be a captain of a yacht, and how to speak Spanish.
    I want to learn how to fly a plane, to captain a yacht and to speak Spanish.
  8. Her critique of the play seemed innovative and to challenge us.
    Her critique of the play seemed innovative and challenging to us.
  9. Oliver has great taste in wines and he knows which foods are really good, too.
    Oliver has great taste in wines and in food.
  10. The resort has an excellent view of the lake for tourists, a landscaped track for joggers, and a luxurious yacht for people who like to snorkel.
    The resort has an excellent view of the lake for tourists, a landscaped track for joggers, and a luxurious yacht for snorkelers.