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Sentence Completion Exercise: Parallelism

Using Parallel Structures Effectively


This exercise will give you practice in using parallel structures effectively.

Instructions: Using parallel words or phrases, complete each of the following sentences. Answers will vary, of course, but you'll find sample responses on page two.

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  1. When I was a child, I loved to play in the leaves, skip down the driveway, and _____ against the wind.

  2. I still enjoy playing in the leaves, skipping down the driveway, and _____ against the wind.

  3. Merdine danced a jig and then _____ a song that took my heart away.

  4. Merdine said that she wanted to dance a jig and then _____ a song that would take my heart away.

  5. The children spent the afternoon playing video games, watching TV, and _____ donuts.

  6. If you want to learn how to play video games, watch TV, or _____ donuts, spend an afternoon with my children.

  7. All that you need to make a great tomato sandwich is whole-wheat bread, a sliced sweet onion, two lettuce leaves, mustard or mayonnaise, and a juicy ______.

  8. To make a great tomato sandwich, begin by toasting two pieces of whole-wheat bread and _____ a sweet onion.

  9. Whatever you have, you must either use it or _____ it.

  10. It is easier to build strong children than to _____ broken adults.

  11. I divided my time between my music and my _____.

  12. Giving is better than _____.

  13. It is better to give than _____ _____.

  14. People can hurt others not only by their actions but also by their _____.

  15. Children cannot learn well if they lack adequate health care, nutrition, and _____.

  16. Cheating can result in failing the assignment, failing the entire course, getting suspended, or _____ _____ from college entirely.

  17. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating can result in a failing grade for the paper or a _____ _____ for the course.

  18. Examples of weight-bearing exercises include walking, jogging, hiking, and _____.

  19. I look forward to graduating from high school in May and _____ college in the fall.

  20. My favorite pastimes include napping, snacking, and _____ _____.

For sample responses, turn to page two.

For additional practice, try this Editing Exercise: Faulty Parallelism.

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