What Is Parallel Structure?

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Parallel structure is when the same pattern of words is used to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. Learn how coordinating conjunctions are often used with parallel structure with information from a tutor in this free video on grammar.

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Hi, my name is Samir Malik, and I'm a private tutor for middle school and high school students in the Austin area. Today we're going to be discussing parallel structure, and what it means and how we use it in sentences. Now, parallel structure means using the same patterns of words to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. And, usually, this can be used when using coordinating conjunctions, such as and or, or. So, for example, if I'm trying to say that I enjoy hiking as well as biking, I would say "Two of my hobbies include hiking and biking." That way I'm showing that both hiking and biking have the same level of importance in the sentence, or what I'm trying to describe. Another example would be "I like to go fishing, and I enjoy swimming." That's showing that I enjoy these two hobbies, both fishing and swimming, and I'm illustrating these two hobbies in the same sentence. This is the definition of parallel structure, and some examples of how we use parallel structure.

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