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Make It Parallel

Revise the following sentences to form correct parallel construction. If the sentence is already parallel, leave the space blank.

1: It was both a long meeting and very tedious.

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A: It was both a long and very tedious meeting.
2: Joe likes a job with challenging work that keeps him stimulated.

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A: Joe likes a job with challenging and stimulating work.

Or: Joe likes a job that challenges him and that keeps him stimulated.

3: Poor writing wastes time, costs money, and customers feel alienated.

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A: Poor writing wastes time, costs money, and alienates customers.
4: This would eliminate continual errors, repeated corrections, unnecessary memos, and, most important, the time spent on each.

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A: This would eliminate continual errors, repeated corrections, unnecessary memos, and, most important, wasted time.
5: His experience made him sullen, bitter, and a cynic.

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A: His experience made him sullen, bitter, and cynical.
6: Our instructor drilled us, tested us, and he also gave us encouragement.

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A: Our instructor drilled us, tested us, and encouraged us.
7: I went to Maui to enjoy the warm weather and for getting some practice in snorkeling.

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A: I went to Maui to enjoy the warm weather and to practice snorkeling.
8: I plunged into the water, swam away from shore, and made my first dive.

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A: [No change needed]
9: Our first choice is John, who is healthy, witty, capable, and an athlete.

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A: Our first choice is John, who is healthy, witty, capable, and athletic.
10: The personnel officer told me that the clerk would answer the phone, greet the visitors, distribute mail, and some typing.

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A: The personnel officer told me that the clerk would answer the phone, greet visitors, distribute mail, and type.
11: On a resume: Hobbies: swimming, reading, bicycling, and piano

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A: On a resume:

Hobbies: swimming, reading, bicycling, and playing the piano

12: On an overhead transparency during a business presentation:

What We Can Do For You:

Increase your cash flow

Improve your customer relationships

Reduce employee turnover

New business development

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13: Sometimes, going to meetings is as exciting as watching paint dry.

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A: [No change needed]




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