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Part I: Use Shirtsleeve English > Make Items Parallel

Chapter 9. Make Items Parallel

Information is more rapidly absorbed in parallel form than when non-parallel. Items in a series should be in the same form: nouns followed by nouns; adjectives by adjectives. Parallelism also adds clarity, elegance, and symmetry to writing.

Awkward: “Hey, buddies …all you guys out there in Rome…my compatriots…listen to me!”
Elegant: “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!”



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