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Prevent Train Wreck Sentences with Parallelism

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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9 Videos (27m)
    • Introduction to Parallelism

    • Surface vs Under Surface Parallelism

    • Verb Series

    • Noun Series

    • Adjective Series

    • Adverb Series

    • Preposition Series

    • Multiple Element Series

    • Parallelism Conclusion


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!

21 of 22 students recommendSee All

This class was so informative!
Duncan's teaching style, delivery and visuals made this class a delight. I look forward to his other classes.
Kimberly Purcell

Just Want To Make and Learn Stuff

Informative, Exhaustive, Loaded and High Paced. Very helpful for anyone interested in strong impactful writing.
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Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.


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