Grammar Review Exercises

[The following exercises have been prepared by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC.  These pages are in the public domain and may be used, in whole or in part, by anyone, without permission and without charge, provided the source is acknowledged.  Last revised April 2002]

Parallel Structure

1.0 Exercise on Parallel Structure

Rewrite the following sentences, Improving the parallel structure:

1. Jack is a sports announcer, an alcoholic, and as a son he is very confused.

2. Their relationship raises questions about their ability to communicate and how much they understand each other.

3. Not only was Smith after the money but also the girl.

4. He asked me about the murder and whether I had an alibi.

5. That young man is either going to reform or his father will cut him out of his will.

6. This essay has argued that the play is fundamentally flawed and the characterization is puzzling as well and it contains some good things in it, too.

7. The conflict arises for three reasons: first, Brick's drinking, secondly, because Maggie is childless, and also that Gooper and Brick hate each other.

8. Put the lamp on the table, the book in the shelf, and then take this tea cup to the sink in the kitchen.

9. There were a number of different reasons for the accident: the footplate was icy, because the driver was inexperienced, and that visibility was very poor.

10. The instructions said that we should treat this material with care and it was really inflammable.

11. Hamlet is suffering either from some inner emotional distress or he is a coward.

12. The students not only have to understand these regulations but also the instructors.

13. I do not understand this assignment or how the instructor marked it.

14. The problem arises from what the Israelis believe about their right to the Holy Land and from the Palestian claims on the land.

15. The decision to purchase the ferries was both financially irresponsible and it was an engineering fiasco.



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