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Answers to Editing Exercise: Faulty Parallelism

Practice in Correcting Errors in Parallel Structure

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Here are sample responses to the exercise in parallelism on page one.

  1. We must either raise revenues or reduce expenses.

  2. Stoics deny the importance of such things as wealth, good looks, and a good reputation.

  3. In his farewell address to the army, the general praised his soldiers for their unsurpassed courage and thanked them for their devotion.

  4. The crowd that had gathered outside the court was loud and angry.

  5. The police have a duty to serve the community, safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent against deception, and respect the constitutional rights of all.

  6. Sir Humphry Davy, the celebrated English chemist, was an excellent literary critic as well as a great scientist.

  7. The Johnsons were cheerful, knowledgeable, and generous traveling companions.

  8. The delegates spent the day arguing with one another rather than working together to find common solutions.

  9. My sister's promotion means that she will be moving to another state and taking the children with her.

  10. A company is responsible not only to its shareholders but also to its customers and employees.

  11. Examples of aerobic exercises are distance running, swimming, cycling, and walking.

  12. Consuming too much of a fat-soluble vitamin can be as harmful as not consuming enough.

  13. The gyrocompass not only points to true north at all times but is unaffected by external magnetic fields.

  14. Everything that could make a sound was either removed or taped down.

  15. If you hire a contractor to make home improvements, follow these recommendations:
    • Find out if the contractor belongs to a trade association.
    • Obtain estimates in writing.
    • Ask for references.
    • Make sure that the contractor is insured.
    • Avoid contractors who ask for cash to dodge paying taxes.
  16. The new instructor was both enthusiastic and demanding.

  17. Annie's dress was old, faded, and wrinkled.

  18. By the time she was two, the child was not only active but also well coordinated.

  19. It is a truism that to give is more rewarding than to get.

  20. A battery powered by aluminum is simple to design, clean to run, and inexpensive to produce.

For additional practice, visit our Sentence Completion Exercise: Parallelism.

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