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Grammar, Writing & Notetaking Guide

Parallel Structure or Parallelism


occurs when compound verbs express an action taking place at the same time or in the same tense. When such is the case, the verb must be in the same, or parallel, form.

Gail sings and dances. ("Sings" and "dances" are parallel forms of the verb.)

This content is from Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.