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Grammar Handbook: Parallelism

Parallelism occurs when compound verbs or verbals express an action taking place at the same time or in the same tense. When such is the case, the verb and/or verbals must be in the same, or parallel, form.

Example:

Types of Parallel Structure

Placement

Place correlative conjunctions immediately before the parallel terms: