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Chapter 14. Coordination and Subordinati... > Parallel Structure: Trod the Straigh... - Pg. 143

Coordination and Subordination: What to Say When the Cops Come 143 Take My Word for It Some of the world's most famous documents and speeches derive power from parallel structure. In his famous 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, for example, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. created an enduring statement with these parallel phrases: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." Make It So Be sure to brush after every meal, wear clean underwear in case you are in a car accident, and use matching forms to create parallel structure. Here are some examples to show how creating parallel structure can improve your oral hygiene, raise your social status, and make your writing better: Not parallel:To avoid getting hit by lightning, never seek protection under a tree, lying down on wet ground, or not staying on a bike. Parallel:To avoid getting hit by lightning, never seek protection under a tree, lie down on wet