August is my designated month for looking at the sentence structure called parallelism. This is a continuation of Part 1.
“If two or more ideas are parallel, they are easier to grasp when expressed in parallel grammatical form. Single words should be balanced with single words, phrases with phrases, clauses with clauses.” (quoted from A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker). Parallelism creates rhythm in a sentence. Here’s more examples: “In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
From The Magician’s Elephant by Kate Dicamillo
- “He squared his shoulders, adjusted his hat, and began the long walk back to the Apartment Polanaise.” (verb(past tense)/direct object)
- “She lives, she lives, she lives.” (noun/verb repeat)
- “The elephant remained absolutely, emphatically, undeniably there, her very presence serving as some indisputable evidence of his powers.” (adverbs)
From Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. These examples are not so obvious.
- “She pulls Dolly’s wheelchair a few feet back and [she] shuffles up beside me, clasping her hands, her milky eyes flashing.” (present tense pronoun/verb) and (present participle -ing verb/direct object, with variation)
- “The concession stand in the center of the tent had been flattened, and in its place was a roiling mass of spots and stripes–of haunches, heels, tails, and claws, all of it roaring, screeching, bellowing, or whinnying.” (preposition phrase listing nouns used as adjectives) and (list of present participle -ing words used as adjectives )for noun mass…it.
As I said in Part 1, I am not an English major. I’m trying to figures out these sentences as I write them. If I’ve gotten them wrong, please leave a comment. I’m sharing as I’m learning. Thanks.