Editing Exercise: Faulty Parallelism
Practice in Correcting Errors in Parallel Structure
When two or more parts of a sentence are parallel in meaning (such as items in a series or words linked by correlative conjunctions), you should coordinate those parts by making them parallel in form. Otherwise, your readers may be confused by the faulty parallelism. Rewrite each of the following sentences, correcting any errors in parallelism. Use your own paper. 1. We must either raise revenues or it will be necessary to reduce expenses. 2. Stoics deny the importance of such things as wealth, good looks, and having a good reputation. 3. In his farewell address to the army, the general praised his soldiers for their unsurpassed courage and gave thanks because of their devotion. 4. The crowd that had gathered outside the court was loud and they were angry. 5. The police have a duty to serve the community, safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent against deception, and they must respect the constitutional rights of all. 6. Sir Humphry Davy, the celebrated English chemist, was an excellent literary critic as well as being a great scientist. 7. The Johnsons were cheerful and knowledgeable traveling companions, and behaved generously. 8. The delegates spent the day arguing with one another rather than work together to find common solutions. 9. My sister's promotion means that she will be moving to another state and take the children with her. 10. A company is not only responsible to its shareholders but also customers and employees as well. 11. Examples of aerobic exercises are distance running, swimming, cycling, and long walks. 12. Consuming too much of a fat-soluble vitamin can be as harmful as not to consume enough. 13. The gyrocompass not only points to true north at all times, it is unaffected by external magnetic fields. 14. Everything that could make a sound either was removed or taped down. 15. If you hire a...
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