Parallel Construction Worksheet: Answers

Evaluate the following sentences’ parallel construction and determine whether it is correct or incorrect. If incorrect, revise the sentence (variations exist; the below sentence corrections represent one example for each).

  1. I sent her the camera, the lights, and the stands. (Correct)
  2. Amy goes to the gym, the store, and jogs in the park every other day. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: Amy goes to the gym, shops at the store and jogs in the park every other day.)
  3. Mario raises cats, dogs, and keeps snakes. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: Mario raises cats, dogs, and snakes.)
  4. Amber neither feeds the ducks nor watches them. (Correct)
  5. Every night, April plays the violin, reads a book, and is writing in her journal. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: Every night, April plays the violin, reads a book, and writes in her journal.)
  6. The toddler was both afraid and fascinated by trucks. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: The toddler was both afraid of and fascinated by trucks.)
  7. The doctor said that Caitlyn sleeps too long, sits too much, and stays inside too often. (Correct)
  8. I hope to find books, movies, and buy some posters. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: I hope to find books, movies, and posters.)
  9. The castle was a cold place and dark. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: The castle was cold and dark.)
  10. The band plays a set, takes a break, and does another. (Correct)
  11. You need to come to the office, call my number, and waiting in the lobby. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: You need to come to the office, call my number, and wait in the lobby.)
  12. When it comes to ice cream, I love chocolate, cookies and cream, and eating caramel swirl. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: When it comes to ice cream, I love chocolate, cookies and cream, and caramel swirl.)
  13. Carl doesn’t like pigeons, cockatoos, or falcons. (Correct)
  14. I will be there on time and costume. (Incorrect. Correct sentence: I will be there on time and in costume.)
  15. I am used to and count on a break at noon. (Correct.)

Combine each group of sentences into a single sentence (variations exist; the below represents one example for each).

  1. Anthony looks right. He also sounds good. He knows it, too.
    1. Anthony looks right, sounds good, and knows it.
  2. Joan is looking for actors. Joan is looking for actresses, too. Joan is also looking for stagehands.
    1. Joan is looking for actors, actresses, and stagehands.
  3. James sold his guitar. He gave away his keyboard. He bought some turntables.
    1. James sold his guitar, gave away his keyboard, and bought some turntables.
  4. Zoe needs sugar. Zoe needs flour. Zoe needs baking soda.
    1. Zoe needs sugar, flour, and baking soda.
  5. Carl hikes the trails. He camps in the woods. He fishes in the lake.
    1. Carl hikes the trails, camps in the woods, and fishes in the lake.
  6. I am looking at my next project. I am also thinking about my next project.
    1. I am looking at and thinking about my next project.
  7. I can buy the tickets. Either that, or I pay for the cab.
    1. I can either buy the tickets or pay for the cab.
  8. The cake wasn’t rich enough to enjoy. It wasn’t moist enough either.
    1. The cake was neither rich enough nor moist enough to enjoy.
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