Parallel Structure

We use par­al­lel struc­ture to make sure each item in a list (either bul­let­ed or with­in a sen­tence) gram­mat­i­cal­ly match­es the oth­ers. It’s eas­i­er to read, flows more nat­u­ral­ly and is more mem­o­rable in the mind of the read­er. That sen­tence that you just read? Each of those three items in the list start­ed with a verb (“is,” flows,” and is”). You’re welcome.

Here’s an exam­ple of a list break­ing par­al­lel structure.

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That last bul­let point made you cringe, right? Keep par­al­lel struc­ture in lists, whether in a sin­gle sen­tence, a head­line or sub­head, or across bul­let points. Don’t make your read­er cringe.

Last Updated: 5 May 2020 at 2:26pm CDT