Prevent Train Wreck Sentences with Parallelism

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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9 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction to Parallelism

      4:38
    • 2. Surface vs Under Surface Parallelism

      2:53
    • 3. Verb Series

      3:02
    • 4. Noun Series

      2:13
    • 5. Adjective Series

      2:10
    • 6. Adverb Series

      2:42
    • 7. Preposition Series

      2:42
    • 8. Multiple Element Series

      4:33
    • 9. Parallelism Conclusion

      2:17

About This Class

Do your editors or teachers say you write "run-on sentences" or "comma splices"? Do you feel your writing lacks structure or meanders aimlessly? In this course I show the solution to these problems: parallelism. Parallelism is the use of equal grammatical units in patterns. 

Parallelism has been used for centuries by great orators and writers to create a sense of stability in language. Parallelism also helps listeners and readers remember passages better. Some of the most memorable language – like Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech – utilize parallelism extensively. 

This course presents a number of simple parallel series that you can incorporate immediately into your writing. Get your sentences back on track!